From the dusty rails of saleyards across Queensland, nine young auctioneers will soon travel to Brisbane to contest the title of 2016 ALPA Queensland Young Auctioneer.
Held by the Australian Livestock & Property Agents Association (ALPA) the competition will kick off at 9am on Friday August 5 at the Royal Queensland Show, more affectionately know as “the Ekka”, the shortened version of the event’s long time name, the Brisbane Exhibition.
The ALPA Queensland Young Auctioneers Competition has been running for 27 years.
ALPA’s main objective is to provide Professional Development and Education programs to its members.
Each of the nine finalists who will compete at this year’s Ekka attended an auctioneer’s school held in Rockhampton earlier this year.
Several experienced auctioneers gave them feedback on how to improve their auctioneering skills, while speech pathologists also provided auction specific tips related to voice conservation and care.
ALPA CEO Andy Madigan said selection in the competition gives these young professionals the chance to showcase their hard work in perfecting the art of auctioneering at this early stage in their careers and cement their position within the industry.
“The beauty of the competition lies in its focus on the future of the industry,” Mr Madigan said.
“It provides a unique opportunity to celebrate the passion these boys have for their industry and their dedication towards developing their rare talent, whilst also encouraging them to continue in their efforts.”
This year’s winner receives $1000 cash and prizes from various sponsors and the opportunity to represent Queensland at the 2017 ALPA Young Auctioneers Competition National Final, to be held at the 2017 Sydney Royal Easter Show.
A panel of three judges with strong industry experience and selling backgrounds has been selected to identify this year’s winning auctioneer.
They will be evaluating the competitor’s diction, values, voice and manner as well as their ability to establish their own presence and a unique style.
The night before the competition, industry members and the competitor’s friends and family will gather for the ALPA Queensland Young Auctioneers Dinner.
A highlight will be the charity auction hosted by last year’s Queensland Young Auctioneer and this year ALPA will be raising funds to support the work of the Black Dog Institute, a world leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression.
The finalists for the 2016 Queensland Young Auctioneer Competition:
Andrew Carcary, GDL Blackall
William Loudon, GDL, Miles
Nicholas Malone, Queensland Rural, Charters Towers
Lincoln McKinlay, TopX, Roma
Anthony O’Dwyer, GDL, Dalby
Alexander Riley, Ray White Rural, Roma
Nick Shorten, GDL, Roma
Jake Smith, Landmark, Roma
Bryton Virgo, Landmark, Emerald