Recognition encourages Whiteline director to keep on truckin'


National Trucking Industry Woman of the Year Award, Sharon Middleton, says resilience has helped her survive

By Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi | July 8, 2013

Being in the road transport industry for 30 years has had its tough moments but the winner of the National Trucking Industry Woman of the Year Award, Sharon Middleton, says resilience has helped her survive.

The Whiteline Transport director, who was named the winner of the award at the Australian Trucking Association’s Trucking Industry Awards last month, says she is proud to bring the trophy to South Australia.

"To win an award whilst doing what is your life and passion is a great thrill and has given me a renewed enthusiasm, if that was needed, to continue on," Middleton says.

"The road transport industry is such a vital service, it allows us all to exist and live as we know it. It’s such a tough industry. Being resilient and thick-skinned is vital to survive the challenges that come your way."

Middleton, who is also the president of the South Australian Road Transport Association, says being involved in industry organisations has helped her overcome obstacles.

"Joining committees and industry organisations is important so that the day to day struggles of operating can be channelled to not only assist in operating from day to day but also so these important messages can be progressed through to bring about change," she says.

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