OTTAWA, Ont. — Top truck drivers from across Canada came out in full force at the 2008 National Professional Truck Driving Championships, held in Ottawa, Ont. Sept. 13. The Ontario Truck Driving Championships played host to the event, which pits truckers against each other in a variety of skills competitions.
“Not only did they demonstrate their excellent driving skills, but they displayed safety skills, courtesy, knowledge, and the professionalism required to conduct business on our highways,” said event organizers. “We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the many people and organizations that helped to make the 2008 NPTDC a huge success.”
Walking away with top honours at the event was Mario Desjardins of L. Simard Transport in Quebec, who was crowned Grand Champion. Rookie of the Year honours went to Shawn Matheson of Home Hardware Stores in Ontario, while the best performers in the Team Trophy competition hailed from British Columbia.
The remaining winners in the six driving categories were as follows:
Step Van 1st – Julius Swecera of Reimer Express Lines in B.C. 2nd Karen Porter of Purolator in Ontario 3rd – Garth Deschamps of Canadian Freightways in Manitoba
Straight Truck 1st – Kevin Franklin of Canadian Freightways in Alberta 2nd – Larry Radons of Reimer Express Lines in Saskatchewan 3rd – Stewart Jutzi of Erb Transport in Ontario
Single 1st – Darren Tychkowsky of Reimer Express Lines in Alberta 2nd – Brent Rose of SLH Transport in Ontario 3rd Claude Guerin of Transport Bourassa in Quebec
Single Tandem 1st Dean Grant of Agrifoods International in B.C. 2nd Harvey Gording of Reimer Express Lines in Saskatchewan 3rd Richard Harris of Con-Way Canada in Quebec
Tandem 1st Mario Desjardins of L. Simard Transport in Quebec 2nd Shawn Matheson of Home Hardware Stores in Ontario 3rd Rob Balan of Canadian Freightways in B.C.
Train 1st Ken Wiebe of EBD Transport in Manitoba 2nd Keith Atherton of SLH Transport in Saskatchewan 3rd Ernest Streicher of Home Hardware Store in Ontario.
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