A proud group of people gathered at the Milestone Hotel Dubbo on Saturday 23rd of March 2013 to have dinner and congratulate Lincoln Brien achievement of winning the 2013 NSW/ACT Zone Apprentice of the Year Award.
Lincoln and his family, Lincoln's employers' Dave and Margaret Readford (Readfords Motorcycles Dubbo) and a throng of Dubbo and Western Plains Ulysses Branch members enjoyed a fine meal and good company on the night. A strong roll up of Wellington members attended to fete "their" man along with members from Narromine and the "usual suspects" from Dubbo.
Raised and educated in Wellington, Lincoln 21, recently completed his apprenticeship with Readfords Motorcycles, excelling in both the classroom and the workshop. The toast of Bathurst Western Institute TAFE, Lincoln topped the state, receiving a High Distinction mark.
Dave Readford said that Lincoln was one of those rare people that only needed to be shown something once and if he didn't know how to do something he had the innate ability to quickly find out for himself.
From a young age it was obvious where Lincoln's career path would lead. He developed his passion for motorcycles while spending many hours in the shed with his father Mark, also a mechanic. In his spare time Lincoln still spends time making his quad bike "go faster" or improving the already impressive performance and appearance of his Yamaha FZ6.
An affable young man with a ready smile, Lincoln brings a quiet sense of confidence, courtesy and respect in his dealings with people. A strong work ethic and "best effort only" attitude Lincoln makes Lincoln an impressive young man.
Lincoln was both humble and appreciative when warmly thanking the Ulysses Club for the recognition and encouragement winning this award has provided him.
The good news for Readfords Motorcycles customers is that Lincoln is planning to stick around a while. His girlfriend Liz will complete her university studies over the next couple of years and Lincoln plans to use that time to gain more experience in the trade.
In the future Lincoln would like to open his own business and given that he's not a fan of the "big smoke" his country nurtured skills are likely to remain available to the bikers of regional NSW.
Lincoln's win has been big news for Dubbo and Western Plains Ulysses Branch and those of us attending the AGM in Maryborough will be eagerly anticipating the announcement of the National winner in April.
We're probably biased, but we reckon "Our Lincoln" is a certainty!
Rob Humphries # 47782
Dubbo And Western Plains Ulysses Branch