Lauren Elizabeth Jackson (born 11 May 1981) is an Australian professional basketball player. The daughter of two national basketball team players, Jackson was awarded a scholarship to the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in 1997, when she was 16. In 1998, she led the AIS side that won the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) championship. Jackson joined the Canberra Capitals for the 1999 season when she turned 18, and played with the team off and on until 2006, winning four more WNBL championships. Since 2010, Jackson plays with the Capitals during the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) offseason.
Jackson made the Australian under-20 team when she was only 14 years old, and was first called up to the Australian Women’s National Basketball Team (nicknamed The Opals) when she was 16 years old. She was a member the 2000 Summer Olympics, and 2004 Summer Olympics teams, captain of the 2008 Summer Olympics team, winning three silver medals. She was also part of the Australian team that won the bronze at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Jackson was a member of the Australian Senior Women’s Team that won a silver medal at the 2002 FIBA World Championship for Women in China, co-captain of the team that won a gold medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, and captain of the team that won a gold medal at the 2006 FIBA World Championship for Women in Brazil.
In 2001, Jackson entered the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) draft and was selected by the Seattle Storm, which viewed Jackson as a franchise player. She has won two WNBA titles with the Storm, in 2004 and 2011, the latter also earning Jackson the WNBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award. Jackson ranks among the top WNBA players in played games and minutes, field goals and three point shoots, and turnover percentage.
Jackson has played club basketball in Europe with WBC Spartak Moscow in Russia and Ros Casares Valencia in Spain. She has also played with the Women’s Korean Basketball League, where she was named the league’s Most Valuable Player and set a league record scoring 56 points, and the Women’s Chinese Basketball Association. Besides her basketball career Jackson is in the process of attaining her university degree at the Macquarie University, majoring in gender studies.
Meet Lauren Jackson, the 2015 Advance Global Australian Sport Award Winner.