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Roma's Nick Shorten takes the top spot

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

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.

Topics:  roma rural


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