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The World Goldpanning Association and competitive panning have their roots in Finland, as it was there that the very first modern panning competitions were held in 1974. The unusual sport attracted great international media interest, and by 1977, when the first World Championships were held in Tankavaara, Finland; 10 nations took part in the event.
In the early days, competitions were only held in Finland, but it didn’t take long for country competitions to be organised. With the sport going from strength to strength, representatives from the countries participating in the World Championships got together in 1981 and formed the association we today know as the World Goldpanning Association (WGA).
Every Association needs leadership and our WGA Board - made up of 6 members – keep themselves busy making sure the WGA runs smoothly. The President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer are elected by the member countries at the AGM, while the rest of the Competition Committee and Communications Chairperson are appointed by the Board.
President: Arturo Ramella
Vice President: Ken Karlsson
Secretary: Raimo Repola
Treasurer: Eija Orava
Board Member: Jiri Dunovsky
To reach any of the Board members, please email
Competition Committee Chairperson: Esko Orava:
Competition Committee members: Eugene Swanepoel
Communications Committee Chairperson: Jenny Chaplin
Communications Committee member: Brendan Traill
To reach the Communications Committee Chairperson, email@example.com