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Young auctioneer leads the Australasian territory

4 Oct 12

The Australasian Auctioneering Championship was handed to its youngest winner tonight, Daniel Coulson, after a tough competition which challenged Australia and New Zealand’s best auctioneers.

The winner, Daniel Coulson, of New Zealand, 22, took out the title after a tight content between five outstanding auctioneers. The other finalists were Michael Fenn (SA), Ben Brady (QLD), Andrew North (NZ) and Rob Mason (WA).

The Australasian Auctioneering Championship tests an auctioneer’s skill and ability to command a crowd, manage any issues at the auction and call complex bidding offers.

Last night, five finalists were announced after 15 contestants competed in the heats yesterday. Today at 8.15am the finalists were briefed on a new property to sell under the hammer at 1.30pm. The property used for the challenge was the stunning property, Kensington House, which is owned by Anthony and Sylvia Toop.

Today’s challenge tested the finalists through a series of challenges. The property used was mixed commercial and residential land, the bidding were fast and furious, and there was an even a medical emergency to contend with during each auctioneer’s frantic 15 minutes on stage. The outcome of each auction was that the property was sold for $7.1m.

Annually, Real Estate Institute’s host this elite competition and this year, South Australia took the honour.

Announcing the winner, REISA Chief Executive Officer, Mr Greg Troughton, said that Daniel Coulson won a toughly fought competition, with five outstanding finalists.

“It was fantastic to see the spirit and professionalism that all of the auctioneers displayed today and they are an inspiration to those working in real estate,” Mr Troughton said.

“Everyone congratulates Daniel Coulson on his win tonight and notes that he’s only 22 and our youngest ever winner.”

“To see young people excelling so early in their career shows they are incredibly focused, determined and professional.”

REISA acknowledges the support of as the major sponsor of this important real estate event.