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Pittsworth young gun takes out na­tional auc­tion­eer­ing ti­tle

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BEST IN THE GAME: Lin­coln McKin­lay, from TopX Grace­mere, won the Na­tional Young Auc­tion­eer com­pe­ti­tion at the Syd­ney Royal Easter Show re­cently.

I was thrilled to win it ... to join them on that list is pretty spe­cial to me.

— Lin­coln McKin­lay

HE HAS just been ti­tled the na­tional young auc­tion­eer win­ner, but Lin­coln McKin­lay feels he still has a lot to learn about his craft.

Last week the TopX Grace­mere agent beat tough com­pe­ti­tion at the Syd­ney Royal Easter Show dur­ing the 2017 ALPA Na­tional Young Auc­tion­eer com­pe­ti­tion.

His win earned him a spot to com­pete at the world auc­tion­eer­ing cham­pi­onships, to be held at Cal­gary in July this year.

Al­though he looks right at home be­hind a mi­cro­phone and in front of a crowd, the 22-year-old found it dif­fi­cult to put into words how long it took him to master the art of auc­tion­eer­ing.

He feels it’s not some­thing you can put a time frame on.

“I am still learn­ing,” he said.

“I still have a long way to go and so many things to im­prove on. It’s not some­thing that hap­pens overnight, there is a hell of a lot of prac­tice and time that goes into it.”

Lin­coln felt pre­pared and re­laxed be­fore com­pet­ing against the best of his peers, the state win­ners and run­ners-up from across Aus­tralia, dur­ing the event held last week.

He was scored by a panel of three judges.

“I was thrilled to win it,” he said.

“To be able to join the list of peo­ple, espe­cially the Queens­lan­ders who have al­ready won the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion ... like Chris Nor­ris and Wayne Yorke. They are peo­ple that I look up to and have idolised through­out the last five years, so to be able to join them on that list is pretty spe­cial to me.”

Grow­ing up on a small property out­side of Pittsworth on the Dar­ling Downs, Lin­coln said he had al­ways ad­mired top-qual­ity stock. As a teenager he was in­volved in pre­sent­ing stud and show cat­tle and af­ter fin­ish­ing school he got his first start in the in­dus­try at Roma.

“When I started as an agent the plan was to never be­come an auc­tion­eer, but it was some­thing that once I started I be­came ex­tremely pas­sion­ate about it,” he said.

Last year, Lin­coln at­tended the World Wide Col­lege of Auc­tion­eer­ing in Ma­son City, Iowa, USA. Dur­ing that time, he worked with world cham­pion auc­tion­eer Matt Low­ery.

His ex­pe­ri­ence in Amer­ica would help him com­pete on the world stage, he said.

“I en­joyed learn­ing about the way they sell over there – they are ex­tremely pas­sion­ate about the in­dus­try as well,” he said.

“I picked up a bit of their chant, it’s a lit­tle dif­fer­ent to ours.

“But I will do a fair bit of prepa­ra­tion be­tween now and then so hope­fully I can feel as pre­pared and as ready as I was in Syd­ney.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

PHOTO: STEPHANIE KAY

SKILLS ON SHOW: Lin­coln McKin­lay com­peted in Aus­tralia's ALPA Na­tional Young Auc­tion­eers Com­pe­ti­tion in Syd­ney.

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