Win­ning ways

Stock­mas­ter Tam­worth’s Drew Can­non takes out the 2017 LBRCA Young Driver of the Year Award.

Owner Driver - - Front Page - – Cobey Bar­tels

STOCK­MAS­TER TAM­WORTH live­stock truck driver Drew Can­non took out this year’s Live­stock, Bulk and Ru­ral Car­ri­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (LBRCA) Young Driver of the Year award among stiff com­pe­ti­tion from four other fi­nal­ists.

The an­nounce­ment came at this year’s LBRCA An­nual Con­fer­ence held in Dubbo, an in­dus­try event aimed at driv­ing in­no­va­tion and in­dus­try progress within the live­stock and greater trans­port in­dus­try.

Can­non’s love for truck­ing shone through with a brief but heart­felt ac­cep­tance speech thank­ing his fam­ily and col­leagues.

The 31-year-old Tam­worth truckie en­cour­ages other young peo­ple to en­ter the in­dus­try, em­pha­sis­ing that one can make a great life driv­ing.

“It’s a great way for a young per­son to get ahead, pay a mort­gage, make a liv­ing,” Can­non tells Owner//Driver.

“I’ve got a house, and I’m look­ing to buy a prop­erty in the fu­ture. Truck­ing gives you a good go.”

When asked what the award means to him, the hum­ble op­er­a­tor didn’t have much to say other than he was proud to be a re­cip­i­ent.

Can­non also of­fered a big thanks to Stock­mas­ter and its op­er­a­tions man­ager Mick Maloney for all the sup­port he’s been given along the way.

LBRCA pres­i­dent Lyn­ley Min­ers started the an­nual award three years ago with the aim of cre­at­ing en­thu­si­asm and pos­i­tive news for the in­dus­try, as well as in­spir­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of truck driv­ers.

The win­ner each year gets a trip to the United States to the value of $5000 to see how truck­ing gets on out­side of Aus­tralia.

Can­non was one of five fi­nal­ists up for the award, along­side Ni­cholas Mas­ters from White’s Stock Trans­port, Ricky Hether­ing­ton from CJ Mad­dern, Tony Keen of AB Keen Trans­port, and Jeremy Tay­lor from Tay­lors of Bun­gen­dore.

Drew Can­non (left) with Stock­mas­ter’s op­er­a­tions man­ager Mick Maloney

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