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Grand Champion crowned at National Professional Truck Driving Championships

OTTAWA, Ont. -- Top truck drivers from across Canada came out in full force at the 2008 National Professional Truck...


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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