Bobcat Athletic Training Staffers Bring In GATA Awards

CALLAWAY GARDENS, Ga. – The Georgia Athletic Trainers’ Association (GATA) recently announced this year’s recipients of the Lori Mobley Groover Leadership Awards, with Georgia College graduate assistant Candace Bailey and student assistant Jayna Hunter among those receiving the honor.

The award serves to recognize exemplary students as they pursue a career in athletic training. The awards are named in honor of Lori Mobley Groover, a past president of the GATA who passed away in 2009, and are given to identify students who exhibit passion and enthusiastic leadership as they pursue a career in athletic training. The award also includes a scholarship from the association.

Hunter and Bailey both worked with the Bobcat tennis teams this past season, while the latter also worked with Georgia College cross country.

Bailey graduated from the University of Alabama in 2013 and is pursuing a Master’s degree in human performance.

Hunter graduated this spring with a 3.3 GPA, and did additional clinical rotations with Tattnall Square Academy, Physical & Athletic Rehabilitation Center, and the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Jayna will attend Georgia State for graduate school, majoring in Sports Medicine and serving as a graduate assistant at Blessed Trinity High School. Her career goal is to one day work fulltime in the high school setting.

The Georgia Athletic Trainers’ Association is an organization committed to education of its members and enhancement of the profession of athletic training, leading to better healthcare for the population which it serves. The GATA is proudly composed of licensed athletic trainers in many different settings. Over 1000 licensed athletic trainers from professional, collegiate, and high school teams to industries, physician offices, and rehabilitation clinics all work together to promote and practice the profession of athletic training within the state of Georgia. Follow the GATA on Twitter or Facebook (GATAInfo).

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