First female young auctioneer heads to Ekka

First woman to compete for title at the Ekka


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ALPA: Young auctioneers from around Queensland were fighting it out for the top ten positions at the Gracemere CQLX Saleyards.

ALPA: Young auctioneers from around Queensland were fighting it out for the top ten positions at the Gracemere CQLX Saleyards.

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Queensland's best young auctioneers have been announced and will fight for the top title at the Ekka this year.

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IT WAS all about the selling in Gracemere last week, when 22 young agents attended the ALPA QLD Auctioneers and Selection School. 

Congratulations to the following agents who were selected to compete in the 2017 ALPA QLD Young Auctioneers Competition at the Ekka. 

  • Andrew Carcary, GDL, Blackall
  • Jack Henshaw, Landmark, Mareeba
  • Brady Jackson, Elders, Roma
  • William Loudon, GDL, Miles
  • Anthony O'Dwyer, GDL, Dalby
  • Sarah Packer, TopX, Roma
  • Harrison Phillips, SBB, Rockhampton
  • Alexander Riley, Ray White Rural, Roma
  • Nick Shorten, GDL, Roma
  • Brent Williams, Elders, Charters Towers 

Sarah Packer, TopX, Roma, sets a Queensland-first with her selection, being the first woman selected to compete at the Ekka. 

Sarah Packer, TopX, Roma.

Sarah Packer, TopX, Roma.

After being unsuccessful in her bid last year, Ms Packer, 24, will take to the auctioneers box in August. 

“I’ve been given a pretty great opportunity to work with TopX, Cyril (Close) took me on board two years ago which was a big thing,” Ms Packer said.

She said taking on the role as an auctioneer was “nerve-wracking, but a good challenge”. 

“I’m very privileged to be where I am so I’m not going to shy away from it,” she said. 

“I’ve been given a bit more opportunity to sell at the Roma yards, you start off with the cows and calves.

“All the boys at the yards are always stirring you up but it’s only to help you push up and move on.”

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