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FWATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer and Special Recognition Awardees

The FWATA Honors and Awards Committee is proud to announce the 2016 Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Beth Ann Young, ATC.

Beth Young

Education: University of Hawaii-Manoa, Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition/Dietetics

University of Hawaii-Manoa, Bachelor of Arts in Zoology (Sports Medicine and Pre-medicine)

Career: Punahou School, Assistant Athletic Trainer/Substitute Teacher 1991-present; University of Hawaii-Manoa, Athletic Trainer Intern, 2013-present; Lanakila Elementary School, Part Time Teacher 2002-2012 & 2000-2001

Awards: FWATA State Service Award 2012; NATA Athletic Trainer Service Award 2009; FWATA Special Recognition Award 2007; HATA Service Award 2007

Endorsement: Glenn Beachy, Punahou School Head Athletic Trainer, notes: “She has been at Punahou for 21 years and has helped to make the Athletic Training Room a successful, organized, student-oriented operation. Beth is an excellent representative of Athletic Training and certainly gives back to the community, both personally and professionally.”

Cindy Clivio, Kamehameha Schools Supervisory Athletic Trainer, notes: “Beth Ann was a student and served as a student athletic trainer. Even in her earliest days she possessed all the qualities one looks for in an athletic trainer and a leader. She has always been hard working, professional, articulate, caring, loyal, and firm but fair. Those attributes carried over to her professional career at Punahou School where she has been a well respected assistant athletic trainer for many years. …..Beth is best known for being the embodiment of the Aloha Spirit and serving as an unofficial ambassador for the Hawaii Athletic Trainers’ Association. She has been a welcoming hostess to NATA and FWATA dignitaries, speakers and guests of the association.”


2016 FWATA Special Recognition Awardees

Sarah Lyons, MS, ATC, PES (Stanford University, Assistant Athletic Trainer)

Lyn Nakagawa, MS, ATC, CSCS (University of Hawaii-Manoa, Assistant Athletic Trainer)

Dick Nelson  (Alert Services Inc.)


The FWATA Award recipients will be recognized during the Awards Banquet at the 2016 FWATA Annual Meeting in Kona, Hawaii. It will take place Friday, July 15th at 5:00pm at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay on the Big Island.



Courtesy of the FWATA Honors & Awards Committee

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