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