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Young auctioneers to battle it out for top honour

The best young auctioneers from around the country will travel to Sydney to compete in the 2017 Australian Livestock & Property Agents Association (ALPA) NSW & National Young Auctioneers Competitions on Thursday 6th April.

The day will begin at midday in the Big Top Amphitheatre at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

This year marks 27 years of the ALPA National Young Auctioneers Competition and 29 years of the ALPA NSW Young Auctioneers Competition. ALPA CEO, Andy Madigan, says “the knowledge and skills that these young auctioneers bring to the competitions are outstanding. Their professionalism reflects the training and education that ALPA provides across Australia.”

In 2016 all competitors attended one or more ALPA auctioneer schools. ALPA auctioneer schools provide auctioneers with an opportunity to develop and improve their auctioneering skills. Attendees receive valuable feedback and advice from both experienced auctioneers and speech pathologists. ALPA Young Auctioneers Competitions then allow the young men to showcase their passion and dedication and to gain exposure at a state and national level.

This year 10 young auctioneers will compete for the John Weekes Memorial Shield in the ALPA NSW Young Auctioneers Competition. The winner of the state title will go on to represent NSW in the 2018 ALPA National Young Auctioneers Competition. In the national competition, 8 national finalists will compete for the Prosser Cup. The winner will go on to represent Australia in the International Livestock Auctioneers Competition at the Calgary Stampede, Canada. Reigning champions New South Wales will also have to defend their title for the NAB Agribusiness Team Shield. The shield is awarded to the state with the highest combined point score.

Based on their industry experience and strong selling backgrounds, three judges have been selected to determine the winning auctioneer. Competitors will be judged on their diction, values, voice and manner. They must establish their own presence and unique style, to deliver a performance that is worthy of a title.

On the night before the competitions, ALPA members, industry members and the competitor’s friends and family will gather for the annual ALPA NSW & National Young Auctioneers Competitions Dinner. The dinner is a celebration of the talent and hard work of the young auctioneers. A highlight of the night will be the charity auction, conducted by the 2016 National Young Auctioneers Competition winner, Ronnie Dix. This year ALPA will raise funds to support the work of the John Logan Foundation, a not- for- profit charity that offers financial support to people diagnosed with gastrointestinal (GI) cancers. The Foundation assists by contributing to the cost of prescribed treatments and procedures that are not available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

From saleyards across Australia, young auctioneers will compete for the NSW and national titles. With thanks to The Land, RMA Network and Wagga Wagga Livestock Marketing Centre, the competitions will be livestreamed. Links to the livestream will be advertised shortly.

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