CHARTERS Towers-based livestock agent Brent Williams has earned the 2018 Australian Livestock & Property Agents Association Queensland Young Auctioneers Competition at the Ekka this morning.
Representing Elders, he topped a hot field of ten young auctioneers from around the state. Runner-up was Anthony O’Dwyer from GDL Dalby.
Brent and Anthony have secured their spot in the 2019 ALPA National Young Auctioneers Competition, both representing Queensland at next year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show. The winner of the 2019 ALPA National Competition will have the opportunity to represent Australia at the International Livestock Auctioneer Championships held at the Calgary Stampede in Canada later in 2019.
The determined competitors, who each sold several pens in Brisbane’s prime cattle competition sale, were marked by a panel of three judges selected based on their industry experience and strong selling backgrounds. Contestants were evaluated for their diction, values, voice and manner, as well as their unique presence and style.
Australian Livestock & Property Agents Association chief executive Andy Madigan said there was “nothing better than watching these young auctioneers do what they are passionate, about and great at.”
“They really did put on a good show that demonstrates the art of auctioneering and that there is a lot more involved than just talking fast,” Mr Madigan said.
The night before the competition, more than 210 of the 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 Nick Shorten from GDL Roma. Almost $7500 was raised. Funds will be donated to support the work of Legacy Australia, a charity dedicated to caring for the families of our incapacitated and deceased veterans.
This year marks 29 years of the state competition.