Photo - Peter Brookshaw being presented the Basil Sellers Australian Over 31 Award by Russell Modlin
The Emerging Writers Over 31’s awards were presented at the 2018 Young Writer Awards ceremony on Saturday was at the Christchurch Salvation Army Centre – for the annual young writers’ conference.
Young writers came from Australia, New Zealand, and across the world for the annual awards conference. Press Service International in conjunction with Christian Today established the young writer ministry in 2009 whereby each young writer is published in their own column 10 times a year, once every 5 weeks.
Mr Basil Sellers AM has provided the award funding along with a substantial sum each year for air-fare scholarships to aid their expenses getting to the annual conferences. In 2018 the Awards Commission set up last year divided the awards for 18-30 years of age, and then over 31’s. Panellists marked all their articles and their marks were then collated by a statistician.
Well-Being Australia’s Russell Modlin the MC for these annual young writer awards dubbed these Over 31’s as the Consistency ‘Tronson’ Awards to honour Mark and Delma Tronson’s 10 years developing this young writer ministry.
2018 over 31’s Awards
Australia - Peter Brookshaw
New Zealand - Emma McGeorge
Internationals - Kandima Awendila
Photo - Kandima Awendila (Mozambique) being presented the Basil Sellers International Over 31 Award by Russell Modlin
The Over 31’s Panellists
Tim McDonald - former young writer
Peter Rope - former young writer
Talisa Pariss-Proby - former young writer
David Luschwitz - former young writer
Peter Brookshaw - Australia
Pete Brookshaw is the Senior Minister of The Salvation Army Craigieburn. He has a Bachelor of both Business and Theology and is passionate about the church being dynamic and effective in the world and creating communities of faith that are outward-focused, innovative, passionate about the lost and committed to societal change. He has been blogging since 2006 at www.petebrookshaw.com about leadership and faith.
Peter Brookshaw’s previous articles may be viewed at http://www.pressserviceinternational.org/peter-brookshaw.html
Photo - Emma McGeorge being presented the 2018 Basil Sellers New Zealand Over 31 Award by Bishop Brian Carrell
Emma McGeorge - New Zealand
Emma is an Italian-South African with a New Zealand passport, living in Papua New Guinea. As well as years of running a puppet ministry and directing student choirs, she has served with Mission Aviation Fellowship since 2007, currently based in PNG. Emma's deep joy is in writing, music, playing with her ginger cats and finding God in unexpected places.
Read Emma's creative expressions at www.girlkaleidoscope.wordpress.com or follow her PNG adventures at www.pngponderings.wordpress.com
Emma McGeorge’s previous articles may be viewed at www.pressserviceinternational.org/emma-mcgeorge.html
Kandima Awendila - Internationals
Kandima Awendila was born in Mozambique and lives and works as an IT Service Desk Engineer on the Gold Coast. Kandima has been a regular for many year at the annual young writer conference and these past two years has also served as an Australian Panellist.
Kandima Awendila's archive of articles may be viewed at www.pressserviceinternational.org/kandima-awendila.html
These three Over 31’s emerging writers might be summed up as the Who’s Who in the young writer team.
Young people 18-30 years interested in writing for Christian Today with your own column please connect with Dr Mark Tronson email@example.com 0419 917 713
Photo - Young writers Caitlyn Furler and Laura Miles
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
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