Already the five Press Service International sport writers have completed one full Cycle and are in the midst of the second. Phil Hall one of the sport writers has become the sport writer editor.
There are five Weeks in each Cycle with one sport writer per week, ie, one sport article each Wednesday.
It was in 2009 that the sport writers were initiated into the Christian Today publishing program. A year before Dr Mark Tronson was invited to write a daily column for Christian Today when then editor Szeleng Chan rang.
The following year 2009 new Christian Today editor David Chang met with Dr Tronson for morning tea where David asked Mark would be add a daily sport article. That was too much, so Mark suggested he find 5 young people to write the daily sport article.
That was the beginning of the sport writer program with Christian Today and in these past 11 years there have been three young women sport writers. They were Rosie Timmins, Maria de Villiers and Grace Mathew.
Josh Hinds of Agnes Waters wrote sport for 10 years to 2019 and his sport spot was taken up by Travis Barnes of Melbourne.
Jeremy Dover and Wes Tronson have been writing sport for 11 years with David Goodwin for 5 years and Phil Hall for 3 years.
Each week the spot writers submit their articles for the Wednesday publication.
Week 1 - Travis Barnes
Week 2 - Jeremy Dover
Week 3 - David Goodwin
Week 4 - Wes Tronson
Week 5 - Phil Hall
Travis is a new sport writer, David Goodwin focuses on cricket, Jeremy Dover on Olympic type sports, Wes Tronson the EPL (English Premier League), Phil Hall on sport and philosophy.
Travis is a Pastor, Jeremy is involved in education (a sports scientist), David is in media (former editor of The Warcry), Wes a banker and in the UK for seven years, playing for Manchester Juniors. Phil Hall is a seminarian.
Jeremy Dover is coordinating a Tokyo Olympic devotional book with himself, Olympic chaplain Peter Nelson, Travis Barnes involved with Dr Mark Tronson (Olympic Ministry Medal 2009), writing a Forward.
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. Dr Mark Tronson’s Press Service International in 2019 was awarded the Australasian Religious Press Association’s premier award, The Gutenberg. In September 2020 Summer Moore presented her commission portrait of Dr Mark Tronson holding the Gutenberg plaque. The above photo is the upper part from this portrait.
Mark Tronson's archive of articles can be viewed at: http://www.pressserviceinternational.org/mark-tronson.html