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Golden Gavel awards recognise auctioneering excellence

The Golden Gavel awards help raise the standards of auctioneering in South Australia and have been the springboard that has fast-tracked the careers of many auctioneers and appraisers.

Created by the Society of Auctioneers & Appraisers (SA) past president Anthony Toop in 1993, the Golden Gavel Competition and Awards is the longest running auctioneering competition in the Southern Hemisphere.

The concept evolved as a means to profile local auctioneers and appraisers and it has become the benchmark for the Australasian competition and other auction competitions within the real estate and even livestock professions within Australia and New Zealand.

The 2021 Golden Gavel was awarded to Hamish Mill of Williams Luxury Real Estate for the third consecutive year. AJ Colman, John Morris, Sharon Gray and Vincent Doran were among the finalists.

Young professionals are particularly encouraged to enter the Rising Star category as a follow on to the Society’s nationally accredited two-day Real Estate Auction Academy. This year’s recipient was Bianca Denham of Ray White.

The General Auctioneer of the Year Award was won by Marc du Plessis, with runner-up being Stuart McCalden.

John Morris took out Top Real Estate Auctioneer of the year for selling the most properties under the hammer, while Rod Smitheram was awarded Top Sales Consultant Auction Marketer for the sales consultant who sold the most properties under auction conditions.

Top Principal Auction Marketer for the principal who sold the most properties under auction conditions went to Kate Smith.

Ray White, won Real Estate Group Auction Marketer of the year for the group that sold the most properties by auction as reported to the Society’s Upcoming Auctions App.