THE TOP SPOT
Pittsworth young gun takes out national auctioneering title
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.”
SKILLS ON SHOW: Lincoln McKinlay competed in Australia's ALPA National Young Auctioneers Competition in Sydney.