AIS cricketers 2010 – Respite Ministry
The Retired Australian Cricketers Bi-Annual Newsletter released today, 30 March has emphasised the value of Respite, a topic that has been in main stream cricket news for the past six months with the official Cricket Australia policy of resting players.
This policy has come in for criticism by numerous former cricketers as healthy fit young men having been told to take a break from the following international fixture. The Indian tour demonstrated that even those who had time away from the pitch were suffering injuries and some felt this was a direct result of a policy that deteriorated their muscle tone.
There has also been criticism as to the official policy of having different players for different Australian teams across the breadth of the various forms of the game. One cricket supporter wrote to the SMH that for the first time in memory they turned the television off the cricket, as so many of the players names were unfamiliar.
Retired cricketer Shane Warne who has been very vocal on this issue, claims this has shown to be a policy failure in the market place of public opinion, as there was a time, that the Australian public knew every member of the Australian cricket team as if they were intimate cousins.
2010 AIS cricketer Dan Cullen and Dr Mark Tronson, respite ministry
But there is another kind of Respite, one that I have been providing for elite athletes from the Australian Institute of Sport since 1992, and that is a break away from the concrete edifices of modern sport. For 14 years we served these athletes at Basil Sellers House in Moruya (NSW south coast) and since 2006 at Basil Sellers Tweed (Tweed Heads).
The Retired Australian Cricketers Bi-Annual Newsletter is published 30 March and 30 November each years and was initiated in November 2000 after my 17 years as the Australian cricket team chaplain. I moved sideways to establish Life After Cricket.
The editorial team continues to be Allan Border, Greg Chappell, David Boon, Kim Hughes, NSW and CIC Cricket representatives, with me as the cricket chaplain as publisher. Each State posts out the newsletter to their own retired Australian cricketers and current Australian cricketers and an e-vision is sent for those with email.
Four issues ago the format changed. 26 issues ago it was initiated as a page of cricket news, and the reverse, my Chaplain's Chat, with an occasional guest writer such as the then Victorian cricket chaplain Barrie Sutton and the AIS chaplain Peter Nelson.
2010 AIS women cricketers with Delma Tronson – respite ministry
Life After Cricket
After 22 issues it altered its focus to Well-Being Australia's “Cricket Family Respite” which is part of the Life After Cricket program. In 2007 I consulted cricket stalwart Allan Border to widen the Respite ministry from the AIS athletes and coaches to include the cricket fraternity. Together we came up with the phrase “Cricket Family Respite”. We kicked around a few “name ideas” until this one gelled.
There was so much cricket news available across the breadth of media it seemed that this newsletter needed a fresh approach and therefore refocused itself to the respite ministry and the three available respite facilities.
Well-Being Australia provides Respite in Moruya, Timeout in the Tweed and now also at Laguna Quays (Whitsundays).
This issue hosts a photo of the Laguna Quays Respite cottage.
Brendon Drew and Brett Dorey AIS cricketers 2010 – Respite ministry
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
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