Saturday 11 September is the date set for the 2021 young writer conference at the same venue as last year – Living Temple Christian Church (Tugun Baptist).
The young writer ministry was initiated with sports writers in 2009 – a ministry of Press Service International in conjunction with Christian Today.
The five sport writers will once again - send thru for the sport writer panellists - their selected Best Article for the annual Tony Dunkerley Sport Writer Award.
The winners in previous years
2020 - Jeremy Dover
2019 - David Goodwin
2018 - Wes Tronson
2017 - joint - Josh Hinds, David Goodwin, Wes Tronson, Jeremy Dover
2016 - Tim Newman
2015 - David Goodwin
2014 - joint - Annemarie de Villiers, Brad Mills, Wes Tronson, Jeremy Dover,
2013 - Annemarie de Villiers
The current list of sport writer panellists are
Rev Peter Nelson - AIS chaplain Ret
Simon Farrer - Senior Government (Ret)
John Skinner - National Rodeo Judge
Josh Robbie - South Africa
Tim Wilson - Canada
Sport writer subjects
The five sport writers bring a mix of subjects to their readers
Kelly Thompson - Sport programs and Women’s Sports
Jeremy Dover - Olympic type sports
David Goodwin - Cricket philosophy
Wes Tronson - EPL soccer
Phil Hall - Fixture reviews and Cricket
The young writers program was initiated for sport writers way back in 2009 and from there the program has expanded to include Comment, Music, Art, Mission …. today with 110 young people.
Melbourne’s Phil Hall coordinates the five sport writers - send the reminders, edits and regularly selects a photo or does one of his highly acclaimed professional sketches.
The sport articles are published each Wednesday in Christian Today.
Dr Mark Tronson is a Baptist minister (retired) who served as the Australian cricket team chaplain for 17 years (2000 ret) and established Life After Cricket in 2001. He was recognised by the Olympic Ministry Medal in 2009 presented by Carl Lewis Olympian of the Century. He mentors young writers and has written 25 books, and enjoys writing. Dr Tronson writes a daily article for Christian Today Australia (since 2008) and in November 2016 established Christian Today New Zealand. Dr Mark Tronson’s Press Service International in 2019 was awarded ‘The Gutenberg’ - the Australasian Religious Press Association’s premier award. In September 2020 Summer Moore presented her commission portrait of Dr Mark Tronson holding the Gutenberg plaque. He and David Chang editor of Christian Today together bought the young writer ministry into fruition in 2009. In 2011 Mark established Laguna Quays Respite (Whitsundays) for missionary respite and replicated at Aldinga Beach 2016 (Adelaide) and Greens Beach Bass Straight (TAS). His ministry is honoured all these years by Christian philanthropist Mr Basil Sellers AM. He is married to Delma (44 years), with four adult married children and grand-children.
Mark Tronson's archive of articles can be viewed at https://www.pressserviceinternational.org/dr-mark-t.html