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FWATA Honors and Awards 2024

On behalf of FWATA we are proud to honor the 2024 Award winners Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer   Paul Alvarez PhD ATC Paul has been involved with the athletic training profession for over 40 years.  He has mentored numerous athletic trainers in his position at the University of La Verne.  Tom Abdenour wrote this about Paul ” Paul is a consummate professional and dedicated to the advancement of our profession… there are three…

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2024 Award Nominations

The Far West Athletic Trainer’s Association Honors and Awards committee would like to announce that nominations for awards opens on November 15, 2023 and will remain open until January 15,2024.     We are accepting nominations for the Special Service Award, Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award, Hall of Fame Award, and the Bill Chambers Lifetime Achievement Award. Criteria for each award can be found on the Honors and Awards page on…

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FWATA 2023 Awards Banquet

On July 13, 2023 District 8 “Far West Athletic Trainers Association” recognized their Honors and Awards winners during the Awards Banquet at the beautiful Hilton Waikoloa Village.     This special occasion began with an inspirational Oli (Hawaiian Chant to open and bless the event). NATA President Karen Dieringer gave opening remarks before everyone enjoyed an Island Flare buffet.   After dinner FWATA Hall of Fame members in attendance and 50 year member, Jerry…

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AMCS 2023 – Aloha FWATA!!

What a great week in Kona, HI … learning labs, lectures, awards banquet, Free Communication posters, ulu maika competition … not to mention great food, weather, and beautiful scenery! Thank you to everyone that attended AMCS; special thanks to the many honored guests, non-D8 attendees, and the FWATA AMCS Commission – another greAT experience in the books!!    

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2023 FWATA Award Winners

Congratulations to our 2023 FWATA Award Winners! These individuals exemplify the service to our district and advancement of the profession that all can follow. It is with great pleasure to announce our awardees: Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Awardee Lyn Nakagawa MS, ATC, CSCS “Lyn’s accomplishments as an athletic trainer are evident in her leadership and committee roles. She supports and boosts others to reach their goals while remaining humble. Lyn…

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FWATA 2023 AMCS Change of Venue

FWATA Members and Guests, Due to circumstances out of our control, the 2023 Far West Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium will not be hosted by the Outrigger Kona Resort and Spa. The meeting has been moved to the Hilton Waikoloa Village (25-30 minutes north of Kona International Airport). The dates of the meeting will remain the same, July 11-15, 2023. We understand this will affect a number…

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Proposed NATA Bylaw Changes

At our Annual FWATA Business Meeting during the Virtual AMCS program, eligible FWATA members will be voting on some prosed NATA bylaw changes.  These changes were approved by the NATA Board of Directors last fall, and is now going to each District Meeting to be voted on by all eligible NATA members.  Please read the attached memo which explains this process.  There are also three documents that the Board of…

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Jarrod Spanjer receives Excellence in Athletic Training Award

The Far West Athletic Trainers’ Association Public Relations Committee is pleased to announce the 2021 Winter Quarter winner of the Excellence in Athletic Training Award. Each quarter, the Excellence in Athletic Training Award celebrates District 8 athletic trainers or athletic training student members who display an exceptional commitment to mentoring, professional development, or enhancing the quality of health care. This quarter’s winner is Jarrod Spanjer, MS, ATC. Spanjer is the…

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Virtual 2021 FWATA Quiz Bowl

Going virtual does not mean traditions could not continue. This year District 8 held our 2021 FWATA Quiz Bowl virtually consisting of AT program participants from California State University, Long Beach; California State University, Fullerton; Point Loma Nazarene University; University of the Pacific; and University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While it was a close competition and all participants did a great job, we want to congratulate the University of Nevada,…

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