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Auction skills put to test

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April 15, 2017

A Swan Hill local headed to Sydney’s Royal Easter Show to compete in the National Young Auctioneer Competition last week.

A Swan Hill local headed to Sydney’s Royal Easter Show to compete in the National Young Auctioneer Competition last week, but didn’t progress to the international stage.

Toby Newnham, of Elders Swan Hill, was one of eight competitors who battled for the the Prosser Cup, in the competition’s 27th year.

Mr Newnham said the competition was tough.

‘‘It was a good competition. There were eight blokes who have proved themselves in other competitions.’’

In front of crowd of more than 2000 people, 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.

Despite not progressing to represent Australia in the International Livestock Auctioneers Competition at the Calgary Stampede in Canada, Mr Newnham said it was a worthwhile experience.

‘‘Unfortunately I didn’t place in the top two so that was the end of it but we had a crack. It was a good experience all the same.’’

Mr Newnham reached the national final by finishing in the top two of the Victorian qualification at Packenham and said he would continue to improve his auctioneering.

‘‘I’ll be looking to maintain (my skills) and do my job for my company in Swan Hill.’’

Lincoln McKinlay, of TopX in Gracemere, Queensland, was the eventual winner.

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