Chairman’s Awards promotes resilience in Mackay business

Posted May 12, 2016

16 Feb 2002:  Australia's first ever Winter Gold medal winner Steven Bradbury crosses the line while America's Apolo Anton Ohno scrambles for the line to claim second place after the men's 1000m speed skating final during the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games at the Salt Lake Ice Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. DIGITAL IMAGE.  Mandatory Credit: Steve Munday/Getty Images

Being the last man standing is a story of resilience which will be promoted to members of Mackay-based Resource Industry Network next week.

It’s the name of a book published by Australian ice skater Steve Bradbury who jumped the competition to steal gold at the 2002 salt Lake City Olympics

Steve is the guest speaker at the 2018 Chairman’s Awards put on by the Resources Industry network in Mackay.

Luck played a part in Bradbury’s win as the leading pack fell over in front of him like a house of cards and he came through to snatch victory in the 1000m event.

But he’ll tell you he is also four time olympic veteran with all the training scars to match.

The Gala Dinner, proudly sponsored by KPMG, will be held next Friday, May 20, at the MECC.

The annual gala event recognises businesses and individuals achieving excellence in the resources sector.

Resource Industry Network Chair Tony Caruso said with the saying “Doing a Bradbury” now an inclusion in the Australian slang dictionary, Bradbury’s Olympic feat back in 2002 resonated with the nation’s love of an underdog.

“At the gala awards night, members of Mackay’s mining services sector will hear a familiar rhetoric from Bradbury – one they have been hearing regularly during the past couple of years – and that is one of perseverance, diversification and adaptability.

“Pain, sacrifice, gruelling training schedules, and life threatening injuries were all part of his journey to success which now sees Bradbury operate a successful export business, engage in motivational speaking as well as writing a book ‘Last Man Standing’,” Mr Caruso said.

Transitioning from an Olympic gold medallist speed skater to an expert motivator and entertainer has been an interesting ride during the last decade, according to Bradbury.

“I love the adrenalin before going onstage and love that my strategies for success in business and in life are able to inspire and help so many people. Passion, persistence and teamwork are what have gotten me to where I am today,” he said.

Those attending the awards will draw inspiration from his amazing story of passion and persistence. It’s a message that will resonate well with local resource services companies.

The Gala Dinner is set to be a fantastic night and will feature local band Out of Our Trio. Tickets to the awards are selling fast and bookings close at 5pm on Monday May 16. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to witness this inspirational Australian and support the local resources supply companies at the same time.

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