Shorten from Roma a win­ner

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NICK Shorten of GDL in Roma was de­clared the 2017 ALPA Queens­land Young Auc­tion­eers Com­pe­ti­tion win­ner last week.

Com­ing in se­cond was An­drew Car­cary of GDL in Black­all.

Both Nick and An­drew will rep­re­sent Queens­land in 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 in the 2017 Aus­tralian Live­stock & Prop­erty Agents As­so­ci­a­tion Queens­land Young Auc­tion­eers Com­pe­ti­tion.

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.

“This year marked 28 years of the ALPA Queens­land Young Auc­tion­eers Com­pe­ti­tion,” said ALPA CEO Andy Madi­gan.

“It is also the first year we have had a fe­male auc­tion­eer com­pete in Queens­land.”

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 com­peti­tors’ friends, fam­ily and in­dus­try mem­bers at­tended the an­nual ALPA Queens­land Young Auc­tion­eers Com­pe­ti­tion Din­ner.

The din­ner was 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.

PHOTO: CANDYCE BRAITHWAITE

YOUNG GUNS: Win­ner Nick Shorten from GDL Roma and run­ner-up An­drew Car­cary from GDL Black­all.

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