|Lauren Jackson Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 5 in|
|Date of Birth||May 11, 1981|
Lauren Jackson is a former Australian professional basketball player who has compiled an array of impressive contributions to the sports industry following her 19-year-playing career from 1997 to 2016. During her final years, she played with the Canberra Capitals in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) offseason. She first joined to play for the team in the 1999 season at the age of 18 and won 4 WNBL championships.
Lauren Elizabeth Jackson
Albury, New South Wales, Australia
She attended Murray High School and earned her High School Certificate in Canberra while training with the Australian Institute of Sport. Jackson then took up a course in Psychology at Lomonosov Moscow State University. In 2010, she took classes at Macquarie University in Sydney.
Former Professional Basketball Player
- Father – Gary Jackson (Former Basketball Player)
- Mother – Maree Bennie (Former Basketball Player)
She self-manages herself.
6 ft 5 in or 195.5 cm
85 kg or 187.5 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Lauren Jackson has dated –
- Paul Byrne – It is believed that Lauren Jackson was married to basketball player Paul Byrne in 2014. On the side note, her first child was born in 2017.
Race / Ethnicity
She is of Australian descent.
Lauren Jackson Facts
- She made it to the Australian under-20 at the age of 14 and was called to the Australian Women’s National Basketball Team when she was only 16 years old.
- Jackson was a member of the 2000 Summer Olympics and 2004 Summer Olympics team and was a captain of the 2008 Summer Olympics team, winning 3 silver medals
- In 2001, she entered the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) draft and was picked by the Seattle Storm, considering Jackson as a franchise player at the time. With the team, she won 2 WNBA titles in 2004 and 2010, and she earned the WNBA “Finals Most Valuable Player” award. She was among the top WNBA players in the played games, minutes played, field goals, three-point shots, and turnover percentage.
- Lauren played club basketball in Europe with WBC Spartak Moscow in Russia and Ros Casares Valencia in Spain. She also played in the Women’s Korean Basketball League in 2007 during which she was named the league’s “Most Valuable Player”, setting a league record score of 56 points.
- On March 31, 2016, she announced her retirement from basketball career and cited her knee injury as the main reason.
- Both of her parents played for Australia’s national basketball teams. Her father played for the Boomers in 1975 while her mother played for the Opals from 1974 to 1982. They continued to play basketball locally on the social level when Jackson and her brother were young.
- She inherited her height from her father.
- Jackson’s grandfather played for the Western Suburb Magpies.
- She was one of the first Australians to play in the American collegiate system.
- She was known for her aggressive style of play and was nicknamed “the assassin”.
- Jackson wears number 15 in her mother’s honor.
- In 2003, she was well-recognized worldwide including countries like Portugal and Japan.
- In 2005, she was inducted into the Australian Institue of Sport “Best of the Best.”
- The Albury Sports Stadium was renamed as the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre in late 2011. A thousand people attended the renaming ceremony where Jackson was also the guest of honor.
- On June 8, 2015, she was appointed as an “Officer of the Order of Australia” in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
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