Newcastle’s Josh Logan- Pye beat out more than 25 novice auctioneers last night to take out the 2020 REINSW Novice Auctioneers Competition.
“I’m blown away to be crowned NAC Champion,” Mr Logan-Pye said.
“I decided to compete in this year’s competition to help conquer my fear of speaking in front of people and to really challenge myself to get out of my comfort zone.
“I’d not ever called an auction before the competition, so I’ve just been practising, practising, practising in front of friends, family and my colleagues at Belle Property Lake Macquarie over the past few weeks.”
Mr Logan-Pye was in the finals as a wild card entrant, after impressing judges at the Newcastle heat.
“The judges look for a level of improvement from finalists between their heat and the final,” NAC Head Judge, Thomas McGlynn said.
“Josh displayed a high level of commitment; it was very noticeable how much practice he had put in in order to refine his auction call and make it so polished and professional.
“There has been a long history of novices in this competition going on to become notable auctioneers and Josh has a great career in auctioneering ahead of him,” Mr McGlynn noted.
The finalists were given an actual property to auction off for the first time in the competition’s history: a two-bedroom unit in Hornsby.
A charity auction held at the finals also raised over $4000 for REINSW’s 2020 charity partner, RISE – a mental health resource for the real estate industry in Australia and New Zealand that provides education, prevention and intervention.
“It’s time for us to put mental health, wellness and wellbeing squarely at the top of our agenda,” REINSW President, Leanne Pilkington said, “particularly now with the enormous pressure on the industry as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.”