Auctioneer faces glory or chop on the block


GRAFTON auctioneer Clint Donovan has qualified for the finals of the NSW Young Auctioneers' competition for the second year in a row.

Mr Donovan will head to Sydney to compete for the title on March 18, along with nine other finalists, who were chosen from a field of 28 at a two-day workshop in Dubbo.

The 23-year-old said he had learnt a lot from last year's competition.

"What we do is pretty much what we do as a job but I think I've got to go in with a lot more relaxed demeanour this year because I put a lot of pressure on myself last year," Mr Donovan said.

"I'm also looking forward to the social aspect of it this year because I know most of the blokes and they're all good fellas."

And while he will be pursuing auctioneering for a little while, his long-term goal is to move into real estate.

"I'm starting to get into real estate now and it's really the way I want to go," he said.

The winner of the NSW finals will compete next year in the national finals, with the winner flying to the Calgary Stampede to represent Australia in the International Young Auctioneers' competition.

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