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Top Loblaw drivers crowned




CAMBRIDGE, Ont. — Loblaw drivers working out of the Maple Grove Distribution Centre put their skills on display June 7, during the company’s third annual truck driving championship.

The championships followed the same formula as the regional and provincial championships. There were eight obstacles on the course, which simulated some of the challenging scenarios these drivers face while delivering to supermarkets.

L-R: Imran Ughradar, third place; Carmine Pagliaro, champion; and Ron Francis, second place.

L-R: Imran Ughradar, third place; Carmine Pagliaro, champion; and Ron Francis, second place.

There was also a 50-question knowledge test as well as a tractor-trailer inspection test, in which drivers had eight minutes to locate five planted mechanical defects.

“These are for the most part things that these drivers do every day. However, today they had 25 judges watching very close and measuring the inches to calculate the points,” said Mike Kroetsch, driver-trainer, Loblaw. “In addition to the judges there were about 120 family, friends and co-workers out there enjoying the day and the entertainment provided by this group of drivers.”

The competition was followed with a barbecue, with, of course, President’s Choice burgers and hot dogs served up.

The winners of the competition were: Carmine Pagliaro, first place; Ron Francis, second place; and Imran Ughradar, third place.

A judge examines a tractor-trailer participating in the Loblaw truck driving championships.

A judge examines a tractor-trailer participating in the Loblaw truck driving championships.


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