Sport for Women

Lauren Jackson

Type: Player/Athlete
Sports: Basketball
Location: Australia

Lauren Jackson is widely regarded as Australia's greatest female basketball player ever. She has led the nation's team, the Opals, to three silver medals at successive Olympic Games in Sydney (2000), Athens (2004) and Beijing (2008) and bronze in London (2012).




Lauren Jackson in the News

Q & A

Greatest sporting achievement: World Championship, 2 WNBA championships

Greatest achievement off the field: Studying, Back to University

Who is your sporting heroine? My Mother

How many hours per week to you train/exercise? In Season between 20 – 30 hrs , out of comp, 15 – 20 hrs

What kind of diet or nutrition plan are you on? Don’t really have one, I just try to eat healthy and decent size meals

What do you love about your sport? The competition and meeting new people. I have made wonderful friends through the sport. I have learned about life and the person that I want to be through basketball, I guess that I grew up in basketball has helped me understand the necessity of sport in every person’s life

If you could change something about your sport, what would it be? That we would earn the same amount of money as men do. We have to travel so far around the world to make professional athletes dollars! To be able to do it here in Australia and not play year round in foreign countries would benefit all of us, the toll 12 months a year takes on our bodies is evident

What motivates you? When I was young it was to be the best I could be, now as I get older it’s to just really enjoy the last few years of my professional career and have as much fun as humanely possible!!!

Do you have a profession outside of your sport? No, I’m working on BA right now majoring in Gender studies, I hope to work in Rape crisis, Humanitarian aid and activism for gender equality in the future

Three words that describe you: Woman, Passionate, Strong

If I wanted to play your sport, what advice would you give me? Just to have as much fun as possible, to work hard, and to live your life as well

Lauren Jackson on Twitter

Lauren Jackson Supports Sport for Women Day

“Because every woman deserves the right to be involved in sport, whether it’s for pleasure or it’s your profession. Sport enhances people’s lives in so many ways. Be active, be healthy – expand yourself!!! ”

Top 100 Sportswomen Nominations

Lauren is a truly superb athlete who has reigned supreme in the strongest competition - the WNBA - and all over the world. Not only is she a magnificent athlete but also a wonderful ambassador for Australia and a truly humble champion. Makes me a very pro

- Lyn Plowman

Look at what she has achieved!! Basically the only thing that is missing is Olympic Gold - and it is and Olympic year afterall!! Achievements aside, LJ is a born leader both on and off the court.

- Emma-Lee Ross

No athlete male or female has won a MVP in every league they have played in the world. LJ is a once in a generation player, the very best in the world and a great inspiration too.

- Jessica Leehane