Sunderland’s Lauren Laverne and England rugby star Katy McLean in running for Woman of the Year

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SUNDERLAND-born DJ and presenter Lauren Laverne is in the running for a Woman of the Year Award.

The former St Anthony’s School girl is one of a trio of North East nominees in the prestigious Glamour magazine awards.

Lauren, who last month presented the 6 Music Festival in Tyneside, has been short-listed in the Radio Personality category alongside the likes of Fearne Cotton from Radio 1 and Jo Whiley from Radio 2.

The Glamour Women of the Year Awards winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony in London in June in front of a star-studded audience.

Other women who are in line for an award include former Sunderland schoolteacher Katy Mclean, the England women’s rugby captain.

McLean recently left her job at Bexhill Academy in Town End Farm last year to take up a contract to become a full-time professional on the pitch. The 28-year-old will be battling it out in the Sportswoman category.

England's captain Katy Mclean holds aloft the trophy as she steps off the team coach at Twickenham stadium, London.

England's captain Katy Mclean holds aloft the trophy as she steps off the team coach at Twickenham stadium, London.

The South Shields-born sporting star skippered the first England side to win a World Cup in 20 years, with the team beating Canada 21-9 in Paris.

She’s up against the likes of England women’s cricket captain, Charlotte Edwards, and gold medal-winning gymnast, Becky Downie, for the award.

Little Mix, which stars South Shields girls Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwall, are up for the Band accolade.

The girlband, which also stars Jesy Nelson and Leigh-Anne Pinnock, rose to fame after winning the X Factor in 2011.

The girls are up against groups including Fifth Harmony, Neon Jungle and The Saturdays.

Little Mix won the award last year.

Norma Thirlwall, mum of 22-year-old band member Jade, of Laygate, South Shields, said: “The girls won last year so hopefully they can do it again this year.

“They’re doing so great and I’m really proud that they’ve been nominated again.”