Day faces new challenge of Everest climb

(IRB.COM) Thursday 29 September 2011
 Day faces new challenge of Everest climb
Day helped England reach the RWC Sevens 2009 quarter finals

Former England Women’s captain Sue Day is embarking on a new type of challenge, far away from the rugby field, by climbing Mount Everest to raise money for rugby charity Wooden Spoon.

Day, who accumulated 59 caps in an England career spanning three Women's Rugby World Cups, is attempting to Mount Everest’s Base Camp to raise money for the charity which provides opportunities for disadvantaged children.

The 38-year-old, who has also been working with the Rugby Football Union for Women's Development Sevens squad, will head to the Himalayas soon and it will take her 16 days to complete the climb.

“I have been involved with Wooden Spoon for a number of years and, as a charity that provides opportunities for disadvantaged kids, it is a charity very dear to my heart,” said Day, who came out of international retirement to play in the inaugural women's competition at RWC Sevens 2009. 

“For me it is a fantastic opportunity to set myself a new and different challenge, which I have been missing ever since I retired from international rugby in 2009, whilst at the same time raise money for a charity that I love.

“Whilst I am just looking to climb to Base Camp, it is still 5,500m high and involves about 16 days of climbing. Training has been mountain climbing and lots of steady state cardiovascular fitness work which is completely the opposite of the sort of training I used to do as a rugby player.

"Probably the biggest challenge will be the potential altitude sickness, but there is little training we can do to prepare for that!”