Jeremy Dover, David Goodwin, Wes Tronson and Josh Hinds have all been deemed as the 2017 Tony Dunkerely 'Sport Writers Award' winners presented on Saturday at the annual Young Writers’ Conference held on the Sunshine Coast at the Alexandra Park Conference Centre.
Previous winners of the sport writers awards:
2013 Anne-Marie de Villiers, 2014 Brad Mills, Anne Marie and Wes Tronson (a draw of three), 2015 David Goodwin and 2016 Tim Newman.
Jeremy Dover is a sport scientist, a pastor, a teacher and an author and writes on sport agendas along with Olympic sports. David Goodwin is an editor, a writer, an author and writers on cricket. Wes Tronson is a bank manager who spent seven years in the UK in soccer and banking and specialises in the EPL. Josh Hinds is a school chaplain and an experienced international sports writer.
PSI—Press Service International—Christian Today
The young writer program is coordinated by PSI in conjunction with Christian Today with 85 young writers from Australia, New Zealand and around the world.
These young writers are published once every five weeks with 10 articles a year, submitting 'comment' pieces on a wide range of subjects. Published in Christian Today which is part of CMCI, an organisation that has 100 mast heads around the world conveying Christian news along with specific publishing programs such as our young writers
This is giving these young people a voice into the international marketplace of ideas. Young people between the ages of 18–30 are invited into the program and once these young writers hit 30 they are welcomed to continue to 35 whereupon they might become 'senior writers'.
Former WIN4 sport editor then missionary 78 year old Ron Ross presented the sport awards and spoke of the 2013 young writers conference where Tony Dunkerley spoke on ESPP:
Ron addressed these four in the light of his life time in journalism and serving in the Middle East where he was head of an international Christian media agency.
It was in 2009 that Christian Today asked Dr Mark Tronson the founder of the young writers program to add to his daily article a sport article. Instead he found five young sport writers to engage in a weekly sport article.
Those five were Jeremy Dover, Clayton Hinds, Rosie Robinson, Wes Tronson and Josh Hinds.
Now all these years later Jeremy is over 40, David is a past winner and getting on a bit, Wes is well over 30 and they all felt that it was a bit unfair to get a designated Sports Award whereas the young writers compete in a fairer way all being 'younger'.
They got together and decided that for 2017 they would all share 2017 award. This sport award is named after Mr Tony Dunkerly spoke at several young writer conferences, a soccer tragic coaching Victorian under age teams, Under 21's and assistance coach to the Joeys. Tony Dunkerley came on many Country Town Tours.
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