Lauren Jackson came from Albury to the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra at the age of 14 after she was identified as a player with great potential. In 1998, she was selected to her first Opals team at the age of 16. In 1998-99, she led the AIS women’s team to the WNBL title. After graduating from the AIS she joined the Canberra Capitals in the WNBL and would go on to win 4 WNBL Championships with the team. Lauren was a WNBL All-Star 6 times and a WNBL Grand Final MVP.
Lauren’s career took a giant leap when she started playing with the Seattle Storm in the US WNBA. Her career in the WNBA has few equals. She has been the WNBA Finals MVP twice, a member of the All-WNBA First Team 7 times, a 7 time WNBA All-Star, was selected to the WNBA All-Decade Team and a member of the Seattle Storm team that won two WNBA Championships ( 2004 and 2010). Lauren also won national titles with clubs in Russia and Korea.
Lauren has also made her mark in Australian history as a member of the Opals teams that won three Silver Medals at Olympic Games ( 2000, 2004, 2008) and a Gold Medal at the 2006 World Women’s Championships and the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Lauren is rated by many as the greatest Australian female basketball player of all-time and one of the greatest female players the world game has ever seen.