STATE FINAL

When you’re just starting out, it takes a lot of courage to stand in front of crowd and conduct an auction. But that’s just what 11 budding auctioneers did at this year’s REINSW Novice Auctioneers Competition State Final.

Congratulations to all the finalists in this year’s State Final for accepting the challenge and demonstrating their professionalism and spirit. But there could only be one winner … 

Jake Downs wowed the judges with his flawless presentation and ability to connect with the crowd to take out this year’s State Final and be crowned the 2016 REINSW Novice Auctioneers Competition State Champion. 

“It’s a huge buzz to be able to say I’m the State Champion,” Jake said. “I’ve never been the State Champion of anything! I’m really thrilled.” 

Jake kicked off his real estate career in 1994 when he completed an Honours degree in Land Economics. After spending a number of years building a successful career as a presenter, MC and voiceover artist for radio and TV commercials, he’s returned to the industry to pursue a career as an auctioneer. 

Now working as an auctioneer at auctionWORKS, Jake says auctioneering combines two of his biggest passions – property and performing. “I just love auctioneering because I get to perform. With auctioneering, it’s showtime. 

“I’m incredibly fortunate to have been personally trained and mentored by some of the best auctioneers in industry and I know what a step up winning the Novice Auctioneers Competition is as I build my career.”
 
Competitors



Annika Williams
Wildcard
Competed at Heat Four – Wollongong
Money raised: $1700



Chris Scerri
Winner of Heat Five – Newcastle/Central Coast
Money raised: $560



Darren Allatt
Wildcard
Competed at Heat Six – Inner West and Heat Seven - Dee Why
Money raised: $1320



Elliott Shoebridge
Wildcard
Competed at Heat Seven – Dee Why
 Money raised: $320 



Jake Downs
Winner of Heat Three – Hills District 
Money raised: $625



James Kerley
Winner of Heat Seven – Dee Why
Money raised: $1410

 



Mitch Dansey
Winner of Heat Six – Inner West
Money raised: $500



Monique Field
Winner of Heat Four - Wollongong
 Money raised: $1600



Nicholas Cerone
Wildcard
Competed at Heat Two – Sydney CBD and Heat Four – Wollongong
Money raised: $265



Rob Doorey
Winner of Heat Two – Sydney CBD
Money raised: $605

 

 



Sean Poche
Winner of Heat One – East Sydney
 Money raised: $400

All proceeds from the event were donated to Father Chris Riley's Youth Off the Streets.