The Sport panellists in the Press Service International young writer program with Christian Today has a rich history determining the winners of the annual sport writers awards.
The 2017 sport writer winning award is presented at the annual young writer awards on 12 August on the Sunshine Coast. The sport panellists mark the sport young writers articles out of 10 points.
Peter Nelson is a retired Churches of Christ Minister now living in Batemans Bay on the NSW south coast. Peter Nelson was the (AIS) Australian Institute of Sport chaplain for 27 years and a double Olympic chaplain 1996 (Atlanta) and 2000 (Sydney). Peter served on the AIS Ethics Committee for many years. Peter has served as a sport writer panellist since the award program commenced in 2013 and a Well-Being Australia board member.
Simon Farrer served in Government for most of his career taking early retirement and then retaining as a maths teacher. Simon Farrer lives in Melbourne and raised in Adelaide and enjoys his sport. A family man, he had committed himself to his family, local church and the work place and supported missions all his life. Simon has served as a sport writer panellist since the award program commenced in 2013.
Tim Wilson was raised in Mudgee NSW on the family farm, a keen hockey player and post university joined Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Brisbane eventually running their DTS program (Discipleship Training School) and leading missions tours around the world. In this time Tim Wilson was chaplain to the AIS Sport Units in SE Qld. He met Genevieve Packer at YWAM, they married, relocated to Canada (Genevieve's home) and is now at the Masters' College in Los Angeles training for Christian ministry. Tim has served as a sport writer panellist since the award program commenced in 2013.
John Skinner served as the CEO of the Australian Rough Riders Association (Professional Rodeo) for many years, a National Rodeo Judge and as a Vietnam Vet has been a welcome ear to fellow returned servicemen. He serves as the President of the Warwick RSL Sub-Branch organising numerous school and community ANZAC services along with his year round duties. For 25 years, before retirement, John Skinner worked as a photo-journalist for the local newspaper in Warwick and instructing cadet journalists. He became an Australian young writer panellist in 2016 and transferred to the Sport panellists group when a vacancy came up. In his younger years John played representative Rugby, Rugby League and cricket and is an accredited cricket umpire.
Rosie Timmins from Melbourne was a foundation sport young writer in 2009 while at Bond University on the Gold Coast in Journalism and after graduation served in various mission roles throughout Victoria. Rosie attended the first two annual young writer conferences, 2010 and 2011. Rosie moved from writing sport developing mission skills and leading Christian convention camps for young people. Rosie has helped Well-Being Australia in mission conference roles, including scribing the speakers, and has now returned as a sport writer 'panellist' for 2017.
Panellists as former young writers
The Press Service International policy is to have as many former or current young writers as panellists and in this sense, Tim Wilson and Rosie Timmins fulfills such tenements.
2017 looks to be a fabulous marking period from January to July for the sport panellists.
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 24 books, and enjoys writing. He is married to Delma, with four adult children and grand-children. Dr Tronson writes a daily article for Christian Today Australia (since 2008) and in November 2016 established Christian Today New Zealand.
Mark Tronson's archive of articles can be viewed at http://www.pressserviceinternational.org/mark-tronson.html