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Applicants wanted for 2022 wool broker award

Sheep Central, April 28, 2022

2019 NCWSBA Broker Award winner Samantha Wan, left, with Elders National Wool Selling Centre manager Simon Hogan.

AUSTRALIA’S top young wool brokers are being invited to nominate for the National Wool Selling Brokers of Australia’s 2022 award.

The 2022 NCWSBA Wool Broker Award is in its ninth year and is being held for the first time in two years, after a COVID-forced hiatus in 2020 and 2021.

The award recognises excellence in service to wool growers, auctioneering and/or innovation by an outstanding wool broker employee who is working for a NCWSBA member.

NCWSBA president Rowan Woods said the association was very disappointed to have to cancelled the award over the past two years and is delighted to launch the search for outstanding young wool brokers with the support of sponsors.

“NCWSBA, through the award, has been promoting both wool broking and the Australian wool industry as an interesting prospective career for young people, including graduates, since 2012.

“We also seek to raise the profile of and increase the understanding of the important role of wool brokers,” he said.

“I am thrilled that the award has been made possible by the generous support of the award sponsors – AWTA Ltd and Sheep Central.

Mr Woods said the prize for the winner of the 2022 award is a fully-paid trip to attend the 2023 congress of the International Wool Textile Organisation to be held in Japan.

“Past winners of the award have attended IWTO Congresses in China, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Italy and South Africa.

“The award winners have also visited wool textile mills and wool growing properties in these countries, expanding their experience and understanding of the global wool industry.”

Full details and application forms are available from the NCWSBA website at https://www.woolbrokers.org/member-brokers/wool-broker-award They can also be obtained by emailing [email protected]

Applications close on 24th June 2022. An independent selection panel will review all applications and short listed Finalists will be notified by 22nd July. The finalists will attend the NCWSBA’s Annual General Meeting to give a short presentation in support of their nomination at the RACV Club, Melbourne on 25th August 2022. The winner will be announced at the Wool Week dinner that evening.

The 2022 award winner will be accompanied by the 2019 award winner, Samantha Wan, to the 2023 IWTO Congress in Japan.

“Samantha was unable to attend in person any IWTO Congress since winning her award due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr Woods said.

The NCWSBA is now calling for applications for the 2022 Award from eligible wool broker staff. To be eligible, applicants must have been working in the wool broking industry for 10 years or less as of 2020* and be employed by an NCWSBA member company. Applicants who were eligible for the 2020 award but have now worked for more than 10 years in the industry, are very welcome to apply for the 2022 award.

*A staff member is still eligible to apply in 2022 if in 2020 their length of service was 10 years or less (to allow for COVID and the cancellation of the award in 2020 and 2021).

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