Moffat Academy Students take part in Gold Panning Championships Design Competition

The organisers behind the World Gold Panning Championships 2017 have set the students at Moffat Academy a challenge to come up with a design for the official world medals that will be given out to the best gold panners at the event. Bob Opray, Chair of Moffat and District Community Council, hand delivered the invitation to Head Teacher Mrs Lesley Watson and she was delighted to accept the task on behalf of the students at the Academy.

Photographs of medals given out at previous championships were provided as food for thought. In addition, the artists have been told to ‘think Moffat, think Scotland and think gold panning’ before commencing work on a design.

Students have been given until early March to get their artwork in. The designs that are received will be judged by the trustees of Moffat Gold 2017 SCIO, and by members of the Community Council. The overall winner of the competition will receive one of the medals when they are manufactured, and it will have their name engraved on the back declaring that they came up with the winning design.

The World Gold Panning Championships will be held in Moffat from the 7-12th of August and mark the first time the event has taken place in Scotland since 1992. The global event is expected to see thousands of spectators visit the region of Dumfries and Galloway.

The event is supported by Dumfries and Galloway Council and EventScotland and will celebrate Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017.

For more information about the World Gold Panning Championships visit the website at:

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