Player

Lauren Jackson

Canberra Capitals DOB: 11 May 1981 Height: 195 cm Position: Forward/Centre Number: 15

Hometown: Albury, NSW

Junior Association: Albury (NSW)

Current Club: Canberra Capitals (WNBL); Seattle Storm (WNBA)

International Debut: 1995

Biography

One of Australia’s greatest sporting products and arguably the finest women’s basketballer of all-time, Jackson has forged a career as one of most complete players in the game.

Beginning her career at the AIS alongside the likes of Penny Taylor and Suzy Batkovic, Jackson starred as the team of young guns did the improbable and won the 1999 WNBL Championship.

This confirmed the arrival of Jackson as a star of the game both in the WNBL and on the international stage, where she led the Jayco Australian Opals to the silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Coming off back-to-back WNBL MVPs and a breakout Olympic tournament, the WNBA came calling for Jackson and she was taken with the first pick of the 2001 WNBA Draft by the Seattle Storm.

Jackson went on to establish herself as one of the best in the world, leading the Storm to two WNBA Championships, while continuing to win WNBL titles with the Canberra Capitals.

However, it was on the international stage where the Albury junior’s star shone the brightest, leading the Opals to silver medals at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games and the 2006 FIBA World Championship gold medal.

Stints in Korea, Russia and Spain followed with continued success, before returning to the WNBL after collecting a fourth Olympic Medal in London.

Jackson became the first female to carry the Australian flag at the Olympic Games.

Jackson returned to Asia, signing with Heilongjiang in the Women’s Chinese Basketball Association in China for the 2013/14 season.

Jackson will return to the Canberra Capitals ahead of the 2014/15 WNBL season.

Previous Clubs:

1997-1999 – AIS (WNBL)
1999-2004 – Canberra Capitals (WNBL)
2001-Current – Seattle Storm (WNBA)
2005-2006 – Canberra Capitals (WNBL)
2006-2007 Samsung Bichumi (South Korea)
2007-2009 Spartak Moscow (Russia)
2009-2010 – Canberra Capitals (WNBL)
2010-2011 – Spartak Moscow (Russia)
2011-2012 – Ros Casares Valencia (Spain)
2012-2013 – Canberra Capitals (WNBL)
2013-2014 – Heilongjiang (China)
2014-Current - Canberra Capitals (WNBL)

Major Awards:

Olympic Games: 2000 (Silver), 2004 (Silver), 2008 (Silver), 2012 (Bronze)
FIBA World Championship: 1998 (Bronze), 2002 (Bronze), 2006 (Gold), 2010
Commonwealth Games: 2006 (Gold)
All-time Leading scorer in Olympic women’s basketball competition
Maher Medal (International Player of the Year): 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008
WNBL Champion: 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2010
WNBL Grand Final MVP: 1999, 2000, 2006, 2010
WNBL MVP: 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004
WNBL All-Star Five: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
WNBL Rookie of the Year: 1997
WNBA Champion: 2004, 2010
WNBA MVP: 2003, 2007, 2010
WNBA All-Star: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010
All-WNBA First Team: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010
Russia Superleague Champion: 2007
Spanish LFB Champion: 2012

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