Chris gets on top of nerves

TAMWORTH auctioneer Chris Gooch will head to Sydney next week to compete in the 2014 Australian Livestock and Property Agents Associations’ Young Auctioneers Competition. 

The 2014 competition will be held next Thursday at the Big Top Amphitheatre at The Sydney Royal Easter Show.

Mr Gooch said he had also entered last year but did not place.

“I’d like to do a lot better ... I think the nerves won’t be as bad this time around,” Mr Gooch said. 

Mr Gooch, a stock and station agent with Garvin & Cousens, said judges would be looking for someone with a sharp eye, clarity of voice and someone able to think quickly.

Now 24, he has been doing auctioneering since he was 18.

This year’s competition is the 26th time it will be held.

Mr Gooch, from Dungowan, said the state competition would be held first, with the national final to be held immediately afterwards.

On the NSW state-competition level, 10 young men compete for the John Weekes Memorial Shield, with the winner and runner-up having the opportunity to compete for the chance at next year’s 2015 ALPA National Young Auctioneers Competition title. 

National finalists compete for the Prosser Cup and the winner is entered into the Calgary Stampede in the Canada International Competition representing Australia. 

All contestants have made their way through Australian Livestock & Property Agents’ Association Ltd (ALPA) auctioneers’ schools convened by ALPA auctioneers committees. 

Next Thursday, the NAB Agribusiness Team Shield will be awarded to the state which accumulates the highest combined pointscore. 

Reigning champions NSW will be fighting it out to hold onto the shield in 2014, coming up against some strong competition from Queensland, Victoria and South Australia.

Competitors will compete for the titles of ALPA NSW winner and ALPA National Young Auctioneer. 

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