Scone's Baden Chaffey runner-up at 2018 ALPA NSW Young Auctioneers Competition

2018 ALPA NSW Young Auctioneers Competition runner-up Baden Chaffey, Landmark Townsend Scone, with winner Tom Pollard, Elders Dubbo.

2018 ALPA NSW Young Auctioneers Competition runner-up Baden Chaffey, Landmark Townsend Scone, with winner Tom Pollard, Elders Dubbo.

ALL that practise at Scone saleyards has paid off for accomplished young livestock agent Baden Chaffey.

The Landmark Townsend Scone auctioneer joined some of the best young talent in the industry at Sydney Royal Easter Show on Friday.

The 22-year-old from Willow Tree came away runner-up in the 2018 Australian Livestock & Property Agents Association’s Young Auctioneer Competition.

Showcasing their auctioneering skills in front of a packed crowd, 10 NSW competitors and 8 national competitors each had to sell three lots.

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.

After two previous attempts at the finals, it was third time lucky for Baden who now has the opportunity to compete in next year’s national final.

“The atmosphere down there is great,” he said.

“You draw a lot of energy from the crowd itself and it’s a great feeling to stand up and sell in front of such a large crowd.

“To represent Landmark Townsend Scone and the Scone community itself - it’s great.

“I’m very proud and very privileged to be representing them both.”

Baden will join Elders Dubbo’s Tom Pollard, who was declared the 2018 ALPA NSW Young Auctioneers Competition winner, earning himself the John Weekes Memorial Shield and a place in the 2019 ALPA National Young Auctioneers Competition.

The event marked 28 years of the ALPA National Young Auctioneers Competition and an amazing 30 years of the ALPA NSW Young Auctioneers Competition.

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