LBCA 2015: Raymond Sutton wins LBCA Young Driver Award

By: Greg Bush, Photography by: Greg Bush


Wagga Wagga subcontractor wins Livestock and Bulk Carriers Association's inaugural Young Driver of the Year Award.

LBCA 2015: Raymond Sutton wins LBCA Young Driver Award
Raymond 'Reggie' Sutton has won a $5,000 trip to the United States after being named the LBCA's Younger Driver of the Year.

 

Owner-driver Raymond ‘Reggie’ Sutton from Wagga Wagga has won the 2015 Livestock and Bulk Carriers Association (LBCA) Young Driver of the Year Award.

A surprised Sutton was announced as the winner during the Western Star dinner at the LBCA Conference in Jindabyne on March 6.

"It was a bit of a shock," Sutton says.

"I wasn’t really expecting it."

Sutton, who recently bought himself a new Kenworth T909, subbies for PE & RE Dawson.

The award was introduced to the 2015 LBCA conference to recognise youth, but more importantly to entice younger people into the livestock and bulk carriers industry.

Lynley Miners from Miners Transport brought the idea to the LBCA committee "three or four years ago".

"It all got a bit in the too-hard basket, but it was never forgotten," Miners says.

However, following a group meeting in Goulburn last year the committee agreed on the proposal and the Young Driver of the Year Award was inked in as a new focal point at the annual conference.

For its first year, Miners predicted the award would attract four to six nominations.

"But we ended up with 11, which is great," he says.

The three judges – Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) compliance director Peter Wells, LBCA past president Barney Hayes, and Ron Finemore Transport asset manager Paul Pulver – were then tasked with whittling the 11 nominees down to three finalists.

Pulver explains that himself, along with the other two judges, had no idea who they were voting for.

"They had an application, driving record and some references we had to go through, but they took out their names, who they worked for, where they came from and their age," he says.

"We put a fair bit of emphasis into their driving record, and we ended up these three.

"But it could have been any of the other 11, they were that close."

Apart from 29-year-old Sutton, the other two finalists were owner-driver Adam Manwaring, also from Wagga Wagga, and Beau Schubert, who drives for Richardson Bros Transport out of Maitland.

With WorkCover NSW coming on board as the award’s major sponsor, Sutton’s prize for winning the award will be a $5,000 trip to the United States.

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