ROMA stock agent Nick Shorten of GDL has been declared the 2017 ALPA Queensland Young Auctioneers Competition winner.
Nick took home the Queensland Country Life Shield, the Don Steele AM Cup and several other prizes. Coming in second was Andrew Carcary of GDL in Blackall.
Nick and Andrew will represent Queensland at the 2018 ALPA National Young Auctioneers Competition held at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
Ten young stock and station agents from across the state showcased their auctioneering talent at the 2017 competition at the Ekka.
Each competitor was selected at an ALPA auctioneers school held in Rockhampton earlier in the year. The two-day auctioneers school provided young auctioneers with an opportunity to develop and improve their auctioneering skills. Attendees received constructive feedback from both experienced auctioneers and speech pathologists and were presented with important industry information.
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ALPA chief executive officer Andy Madigan said this year marked 28 years of the ALPA Queensland Young Auctioneers Competition and the first year it had a female auctioneer competing, Sarah Packer from TopX Roma. The other finalists were Brady Jackson, Elders, Roma; William Loudon, GDL, Miles; Harrison Phillips, Savage Barker & Backhouse, Rockhampton; Jack Henshaw, Landmark, Mareeba; Anthony O’Dwyer, GDL, Dalby; Alexander Riley, Ray White Rural, Roma, and; Brent Williams, Elders Rural Services, Charters Towers.
ALPA said each competitor sold three lots in front of an anxious crowd. The competitors were judged on their diction, values, voice and manner, as well as their presence and unique style, by a panel of respected and experienced auctioneers.
The night before the competition, a record 225 competitor’s friends, family and industry members attended the annual ALPA Queensland Young Auctioneers Competition Dinner. The dinner is a celebration of the young auctioneers and the agency industry. A highlight of the night was the charity auction, conducted by last year’s ALPA Queensland Young Auctioneers Competition winner Jake Smith of Landmark in Roma, which raised $15,330. The funds will be donated to the John Logan Foundation, a not-for-profit charity that offers financial support to people diagnosed with cancer. The foundation assists by contributing to the cost of prescribed treatments and procedures that are not available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, ALPA said.