Des Bailey has won a trip to Sweden after being named the ATA?s National Professional Driver of the Year.
Des Bailey has won a trip to Sweden after being named the ATA?s National Professional Driver of the Year.

Another award, now Des is off to Sweden

By TOBY WALKER

IF THERE was ever an occasion for Des Bailey to celebrate with a beer, then it was the night he won the Australian Trucking Association's National Professional Driver of the Year award.

But Mr Bailey said he was kept so busy chatting to people who came to offer their congratulations at the Newcastle awards ceremony that a quick trip to the bar was low on his list of priorities.

The last six months have proven to be very rewarding for the Grafton truck driver, who won the second of two major prizes for his professionalism and contribution to the industry earlier this month.

In his acceptance speech to about 500 people, Mr Bailey thanked the industry and his peers, making special mention of the support he received from his wife Gai and the mentor who taught him to drive, Ted McElligott.

His employers at Herb Blanchard Haulage Pty Ltd, Michael and Robert, were understandably happy as well.

"A bloke at the table next to us said when my name got called out, I hit the floor and Robert hit the roof," Mr Bailey said.

Now Mr Bailey and his wife will plan a trip to Europe after he received a week's holiday in Sweden to visit the Volvo factory as part of the award.



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