Internationals Over 31s young writer the late Kerry Ann McLeod from the West Indies has won the 2020 Internationals Over 31s Basil Sellers Award presented at the annual young writers conference on the Gold Coast on Saturday.
The Awards are presented at 4.00pm of the conference each year – there are a number of awards but with Covid 19 restrictions many were unable to attend in 2020.
Each of the Internationals Over 31s young writers in the Press Service International program in conjunction with Christian Today sent in their BEST article for the five Panellists to mark out of 25 - the 25 mark was chosen as in previous years there have been too many multiple winners out of 10 marks.
Last week we announced the passing to Glory of West Indian Over 31s International writer Kerry-Ann McLeod last week from Scleroderma (Systemic Sclerosis). We mourn with husband Patrick McLeod and son, Ryan McLeod 10.
Three weeks ago Kerry-Ann was delighted to learn the Panellists had awarded her the 2020 Internationals Over 31s Basil Sellers Award. This article today Kerry-Ann submitted two weeks ago for publishing today.
The Internationals Over 31s Panellists
Rex Dale - retired professional
John Yates - Anglican Minister - Perth
Christina Tyson - ret Sallies NZ editor
Graham McDonald - President of Diduno
Mussita Ng - former editor Internationals
The Internationals Over 31s young writers are slotted into Week 5 in the program’s
Week 5 - editor Francesca Tavares
Kerry Ann McLeod
Kerry Ann McLeod’s winning article was titled - All that glitters
Kerry-Ann was a wife, mother, and retired High School Mathematics teacher who loved to write Christian meditations and lead the youth in Bible study.
She was a passionate worship leader and a youth ministry coordinator at her church. Currently, she was a member of the Christian Game Development Conference pursuing her vision of creating industry standard Christian entertainment.
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