Sport writer Jeremy Dover from Melbourne has won the 2020 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 Sport writer 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.
The Sport Writer Panellists
Peter Nelson - ret AIS and Olympic Chaplain
Simon Farrerr - ret Governemnt
Josh Robbie - South Africa
Tim Wilson - Canada
John Skinner - Aust Rodea Judge
The five Sport writers each write one article in the 5 Week Cycles - Phil Hall is the sport writer editor.
Jeremy Dover is a former sports scientist and Pastor. He is currently engaged in Christian School ministry and has been a stalwart of the Press Service International program since its inception in 2009. He is a previous Sport Writer winner in 2013, 2014, 2017 and 2020.
Jeremy Dover's previous articles may be viewed at https://www.pressserviceinternational.org/jeremy-dover1.html
3.4 points between the 5 sport writers
There was only 3.4 points between the five sport writers – when one considers the panellists marked out of 25 points, this illustrated the excellence of our five sport writers.
As a result all five received a 2020 award.
Phil Hall - Sport Tronson Award
Wes Tronson - Sport Analytical Award
Travis Barnes and Davod Goodwin – Sport Theology Award
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 http://www.pressserviceinternational.org/mark-tronson.html