Harcourts Auctioneer wins Australasian champs
Harcourts auctioneer Phil McGoldrick yesterday won the prestigious Australasian Real Estate Institutes’ Auctioneering Championships, achieving the pinnacle of success in his professional field.
In the real estate industry for 24 years including 10 as an auctioneer, Mr McGoldrick has represented New Zealand in the international championship every year since 2006 when he won the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand’s national competition and went on to become the first Kiwi to reach the finals of the Australasian championship.
Runner up in the New Zealand competition for the past three years and a finalist in the trans-Tasman competition twice before, this year Harcourts New Zealand’s’ National Auction manager achieved his best result yet – winning the 2009 Australasian title ahead of two-time winner and fellow New Zealander Mark Sumich and two Australian auctioneers who also made the final.
Mr McGoldrick, who averages around 500 property auctions each year and also does numerous charity auctions annually, was one of 16 leading auctioneers from around Australia and New Zealand who qualified for the opportunity to vie for the title in the two-day competition held in Hobart, Tasmania this week.
He says he is ecstatic to have been named 2009 Australasian Real Estate Institutes’ Auctioneering Champion, particularly given the standard of competition.
“I’m absolutely thrilled with the result as it’s something I’ve been aiming to achieve for a number of years now,” he says.
“I feel both proud and humbled. It was a great honour to represent Harcourts and my country and pretty special to win given the calibre of auctioneers I was up against.”
Harcourts New Zealand CEO Bryan Thomson says Mr McGoldrick’s achievement is “outstanding”.
“His success is a testament to the hard work he’s put in over many years developing his auctioneering skills to a simply superb level, which not only sees him achieves excellent results in the field but have now seen him achieve this outstanding result at international competitive level,” Mr Thomson says.
“Phil is an intelligent and exceptionally talented real estate professional and a real asset to Harcourts New Zealand, both as an auctioneer and as our National Auction Manager, a role which sees him training and mentoring our nationwide network of auctioneers and managing our own annual auction championships.”