2011 Victorian Gold Panning Champs Wrap-up

Sunday 9 October 2011

norm-etchedA day full of fun was had on Sunday 9 October 2011 as Central Deborah Gold Mine hosted the Victorian Gold Panning Championships in partnership with the Victorian Gold Panning Association.  

This was the second time that the Gold Panning Championships have been held in Bendigo and all visitors on the day received free access to the surface area of the mine. With competitors travelling from all parts of the country to compete, the Championships were an event for the whole family that wasn’t to be missed.

The Gold Panning Championships were open to anyone of any age and any skill level and was seen as a stepping stone to the World Championships.

Each heat ran for 10 minutes and the challenge was to ultimately find between 5 - 12 pieces of gold within that time. There were seven different categories and congratulations goes out to the following place getters:

  • Children (under 12yrs):
    1st Sam Cox
    2nd Hannah Lewon
    3rd Patrick Binks
  • Youths (13-16yrs):
    1st Hamish Cox
    2nd Caleb Cropley
    3rd Connor Jordan
  • Novice:
    1st Ebony Dempster
    2nd Tom Cherry
    3rd Dot MacDonald
  • Batea:
    1st Matt 'The Tailor'
    2nd Lester Fischer
    3rd Tom Calvert
  • Teams:
    1st Cox Boys
    2nd "Peewee" Gold
    3rd Ballan Bushrangers
  • Skilled:
    1st Tom Calvert
    2nd Lester Fisher
    3rd Ian Binks
  • Central Deborah Challenge:
    1st Ian Binks
    2nd Tom Calvert
    3rd Kevin Lockman

The overall winner of the Victorian Gold Panning Championships 2011 was Ian Binks. Ian won a trip to compete in the 2011 New Zealand Gold Panning Championships.

Check out these articles:
'Gold Fever comes to Bendigo
' Bendigo Weekly, Fri 7 October 2011
'Panners battle it out at Central Deborah
' Bendigo Advertiser, Tues 11 October 2011


For those who weren’t avid gold panners we had a myriad of other activities lined up which catered for visitors of all ages, these activities included:

•    Gold Pour Demonstrations
•    Fossicking Challenges
•    Cage Rider
•    Underground Tours
•    BBQ Lunch wich was run by the Bendigo Strathdale Rotary Club

Check out some of our photos from the day…



On behalf of Central Deborah Gold Mine and the Victorian Gold Panning Association we would like to thank the following sponsors for their kind contribution to the success of the 2010 Championships.
•    Bendigo Gold World
•    Fosterville Gold Mine
•    Gold & Relics
•    MineLab
•    Bendigo Mining
•    Mine Services Victoria
•    Prospectors and Miner's Association
•    Central Victorian Mobile Cranes
•    KCH Pavers & Garden Suppliers
•    Blackwoods
•    Coiltek Gold Centre