May 9, 2013 Article from GOBLUERAIDERS.COM

Pair of Raiders named International Student Athletes of the Year

Duo honored by MTSU IDA for their athletic and academic accomplishments

photoA pair of Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders were honored as the 2012-13 International Student Athletes of the Year by MTSU's Intercultural and Diversity Affairs at the annual Student Government Association awards banquet. Kate Loye from soccer and Noah Akwu from track & field were recognized for their outstanding contributions.

The award comprises of current MT international student-athletes who make significant contributions to their team and represent Middle Tennessee by their academic achievements and community service.

Loye, a freshman from Hamilton, New Zealand, was voted the Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year and earned a first team All-Conference selection. Loye was also a Sun Belt Athlete of the Week selection. Prior to her arrival to MT, Loye represented her home country in the U-20 Women's World Cup. Off the pitch, Loye has volunteered her time with various programs including Special Olympics and the MTSU Kid Fest. She is also a solid student with a 3.8 GPA.

Akwu, a senior from Egume, Nigeria, represented his home country of Nigeria in the 2012 Olympics in London by competing in the 200-meter dash. Recently, Akwu placed third in the SBC Indoor Championships 55-meter dash and won the 200-meter title. He was also named the Sun Belt Athlete of the Week on Jan. 16. In the classroom, Akwu holds a 3.0 GPA.

Both Loye and Akwu were honored at the IDA banquet last week and were presented with their awards.