November 30th, 2006
Wasps rugby player Sue Day is the latest English women's international to be recognised for her achievements on the field this season having been nominated for the City Sportsperson of the Year award at The Square Mile Sports Awards which will be held on December 7th at Old Billingsgate, Lower Thames Street, London.
Saracens' Maggie Alphonsi was named the IRB's Women's Personality of the Year on Sunday while Worcester No. 8 Catherine Spencer is also in the running for the BBC's South East Women's Sports Personality of the Year award.
Like Alphonsi and Spencer, Day was a crucial member of the England team that won the Six Nations Grand Slam in March for the first time in two years and she also helped England to finish as runners-up in the final of the IRB Women's Rugby World Cup in September in Edmonton, Canada.
The City Sportsperson of the Year is all about saluting someone working within the City who has shown genuine sporting excellence in 2006. Day, who is a Tax Manager for KPMG, was England's top try scorer during the Rugby World Cup, having also finished top try scorer in the 2002 World Cup. She has 54 caps, has scored 57 tries for England and can play on the wing, in the centre and at fullback.
Day is the only female on the shortlist of six for the award. She will be facing stiff competition against James Lindsay-Fynn, who bagged a bronze medal at the Rowing World Cup Regatta in Poland in June in lightweight double scull, Nick Brothers, who has 15 caps for the England Hockey team and represented England at the 2006 World Cup, Nick Neiland, who claimed England's fifth athletics gold of the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne this year in Javelin, Chris McLaughlin, who was part of the Sailing crew which took the bronze medal at the Melbourne World Championship and David Clarke, who has played 85 times for the England Blind Football Team.