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.”


Annika Williams

Competed at Heat Four – Wollongong

Money raised: $1700

Chris Scerri
Winner of Heat Five – Newcastle/Central Coast

Money raised: $560

Darren Allatt

Competed at Heat Six – Inner West and Heat Seven - Dee Why

Money raised: $1320

Elliott Shoebridge

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

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 ttFather Chris Riley's Youth Off the Streets