The 2018 young writer conference on Saturday 1 September held at the Christchurch Salvation Army Centre ‘4.00pm Awards Session’ presented the year’s awards. Young writers came together in Christchurch from Australia, New Zealand and around the world.
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.
Five groups of Panellists marked each and every article from January to July – a statistician collated the points which determined the winners, as is the case each year. Mr Basil Sellers AM has provided the conference funding all these years.
Photo - Russell Modlin and Sam Gillespie arranging the 2018 annual awards
Basil Sellers Awards - Australia
Cheryl McGrath - Melbourne
Amy Manners - Adelaide
Australian Over 31’s
Peter Brookshaw - Melbourne
Australian Youth Development
Cartia Moore / Jesse Moore - Sunshine Coast
Roydon Ng - Sydney
Australian Chairman’s Award
Kristen Dang - Adelaide
Basil Sellers Awards - New Zealand
New Zealand 18-30
Jessica McPherson - Christchurch
New Zealand Over 31s
Emma McGeorge - Auckland
New Zealand Youth Development
Richard Kwon - Auckland
New Zealand Theology
Esther Koh - Auckland
New Zealand Chairman’s Award
Photo - Ethan Miller Kiwi young writer’Best Article’ with Russell Modlin
Basil Sellers Internationals
Joint - Jason LaLone USA and Stacy-Ann Smith Jamaica West Indies
Internationals Over 31s
Internationals Youth Development
2018 Tony Dunkerley Sport Writers Award
Young people 18-30 years interested in writing for Christian Today with your own column please connect with Dr Mark Tronson firstname.lastname@example.org 0419 917 713
Photo - Matthew Thornon Kiwi young writer’Best Article’ with Russell Modlin
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