NatRoad honours high achievers
NATROAD HAS awarded members who made significant achievements in the trucking industry during the 2017 NatRoad Annual Conference on Hamilton Island in September.
Held during the Gala Dinner, the awards night kicked off with acknowledgements for long-serving NatRoad members as Aussie legend and ‘Lambassador’ Sam Kekovich kept the crowd in hysterics.
“Trucking is the nipple that nurtures our nation,” Kekovich joked as he preached about the importance of road transport both in the past, as well as into the future.
Zachary Appleton, 23, from Murrell Freight Services, took out the coveted Young Driver of the Year award after working his way from a forklift driver through to a B-double operator in just 18 months.
“With an ageing workforce, recognising up-and-coming youth in the trucking industry has never been more important,” NatRoad CEO Warren Clark says.
“I personally congratulate Zachary, who I’m sure is looking forward to a bright future in the industry.”
Bruce Adam from J R McDonald Transport took out the 2017 Professional Driver of the Year award and in his acceptance speech had the audience in awe of his humility and deep respect for trucking.
“Having covered 4,700,000km in his career with the loss of only three demerit points, Bruce has proved to be an impeccable driver who proves his worthiness for this award with every day on the job,” Clark says.
The Ted Pickering Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Road Freight Industry was presented to John Morris, who has become known in recent years for working with road transport committees and groups, winning the ear of prime ministers, transport ministers and other decision makers.
“Each year we take pleasure in recognising outstanding members of the trucking community, and this year is no different,” Clark says.
“It is a privilege to recognise these noteworthy award-winners”.
Young Driver of the Year, Zachary Appleton from Murrell Freight Services. Photo by Romy Bullerjahn
2017 Professional Driver of the Year, Bruce Adam from J R McDonald Transport. Photo by Romy Bullerjahn
‘Lambassador’ Sam Kekovich