Photo - Wes Tronson receives 2018 Tony Dunkerely Sport Writers Award from Russell Modlin
The annual sport award honours the late Tony Dunkerley who spoke at numerous of the early young writer conferences in Australia and New Zealand on mentoring. He the assistant Joey’s Coach and coached numerous Victorian Under 21 teams and under age teams.
Tony Dunkerely travelled to regional and rural Queensland on Country Town Tours whgere he gave soccer coaching clinics and then spoke to youth in rallies, sport dinners and similar outreaches. He passed to Glory in December 2014 and the then young writer Brain’s Trust determined to name the sport award in his honour.
In 2018 the Tony Dunkerley Sport Award winner went to Wes Tronson who is one of the foundation young writers from 2009.
This is Wes Tronson’s 3rd Sport Award - the previous two as joint winners. In 2013 Wes, Annemarie de Villiers and Brad Mills were winners, and last year there were 4 joint winners, Wes, Josh Hinds, Jeremy Dover and 2015 sport winner David Goodwin.
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.
The Sport Panellists
Peter Nelson - ret. Australian Institute of Sport chaplain
Simon Farrer - ret. Senior Government
Tim Wilson - Canada
Josh Robbie - South Africa
Wes Tronson – 2018 Sport Writer’s Award
Wesley Tronson is the Regional Operations Manager of the 20 Gold Coast NAB Branches having been the NAB bank manager in Brisbane CBD. Wes lived in England for seven years to 2010 in banking and soccer.
Wesley Tronson's previous articles may be viewed at www.pressserviceinternational.org/wesley-tronson.html
Photo - Daniel Jang, Peter Brookshaw, Cheryl McGrath, Kristen Dang
Each year the Theology Awards are determined on the basis of a good grasp of Christian appreciation and theological understanding in their articles.
Australia - Roydon Ng
New Zealand - Esther Koh
Internationals - Charis Jackson
Roydon Ng - Sydney
Roydon Ng is a freelance journalist having completed a Master of Journalism and Communication at the University of New South Wales. He lives in Western Sydney and attends Auburn Baptist Church and Western District Chinese Christian Church serving as a youth group leader.
Royden Ng’s previous articles may be viewed at http://www.pressserviceinternational.org/roydon-ng.html
Photo - Roshan and Melissa, Joseph Kolapudi, Amy Manners
Esther Koh - Auckland
Esther Koh is a stay-at-home mum living in Wellington with her husband and two sons. She loves people and has a passion for helping others find their purpose for living.
Esther Koh’s previous articles may be viewed at
Charis Jackson - Internatonals - USA
Charis Joy Jackson is an American working as a full-time missionary with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) a non-profit organization in Queensland. During the day she makes movies and in her spare time is writing a novel. www.charisjoyjackson.com
Charis Joy Jackson’s previous articles may be viewed at http://www.pressserviceinternational.org/charis-jackson.html
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 - Best Articles – MC’s Russell Modlin and Rebecca Moore
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