Lauren Jackson is a professional Australian basketball player. She is the most famous basketball player in Australia. She was recognized as one of the best basketball players in the world by the time she got 21. She has been described as the best female basketball player in the world. She plays as a forward and centre from the team. She has a great attacking power and the speed of her game often nags the opponent. She is vicious in counter attacks and is renowned for her shots. She was named as the Australian International Player of the Year for three times in 1999, 2000 and 2002. She was the Australian Institute of Sport ‘Best of the Best’ inductee in 2005 and was the flag bearer for Australia at the summer 2012 London Olympic Games.
Born as Lauren Elizabeth Jackson in Albury, New South Wales, Australia, on 11 May 1981, she has the nick name of “Loz”, “Jacko” and “LJ”. She is the oldest child of Gary Jackson and Maree Bennie, who both had played in the Australia’s National Basketball Team. She grew in Albury and had attended the Murray High School. She has studied psychology at Lomonosov Moscow State University. As a youngster, she was active in sports. She used to play tennis and netball besides playing basketball. She gave up playing both the games as the competitions conflicted with her ability to play basketball. She started playing basketball since she was four. Her family background as is related to basketball, which includes her parents as well as grandfather, growing and learning in Basketball did not become hard in her case.
Lauren Jackson has a towering height of six feet and five inches with the accompanying height. It is said that, her height is inherited from her father. In 2001, she was drafted in WNBA and made her debut in WNBA from the Seattle Storm side. She remained in the team from her debut till 2012. While with the WNBA, she has also played in the non NBA teams. She has played in the Women’s Korean Basketball League from Samsung Bichumi, being the league’s Most Valuable Player. She has also played for the European team, Ros Casares Valencia and Spartak Moscow Region and the Women’s Chinese Basketball Association from Heilongjiang Shenda. She is also the member in the Australian National Basketball Team. She has been playing in the team since she was 14. Now, it has been nearly two decades that she is in the national team. She has expressed her interest to close her career playing in her fifth Olympic Tournament during 2016 Summer Olympics with the dream of winning gold in the game. She wants to become a basketball administrator after she finishes her player career.
She has won several of the honors and titles till date. She is the winner of two gold, three bronze and four silvers. She has a very high net worth and has a very handsome salary pay. She trains pumping the weight. She is quite unhappy that when people Google on her, the first results people come across will be her nude pictures rather than with basketball. She had once posed nude in an Australian magazine called Black+White that had featured the Olympic athletes to compete in Athens in 2004 Summer Olympics. She also has posed for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
For an athlete, injuries are normal things. Lauren also had multiple of the injuries in her career. She had undergone surgery to fix her ankle in 2008, had two stress fractures in her back in 2009, Achilles injury in 2010, etc. She has been more active in activist role. She has been working in the domestic violence charities and helping the children from Australia to get involved in sports.
Moving onto her personal life, she got recently married to Paul Byrne, her boyfriend. He is a broadcast journalist. They do not have any children. She has never been in any other affair in the past as her family and her friends have been her best company. She also has stated it was difficult for her to maintain relationship. She did not go clubbing for she is easily recognized by many and there used to be much comments on her height. There was once a rumor about her romantic relationship with Chinese man Yao Ming which she completely denied.
Lauren is a very frank person and down to earth personality. She has quoted her life never has been private. She has a huge fan base, curious to learn more on her. Wikipedia has stored a short biography on her. Besides, following her on her accounts in Twitter, Facebook and Instagram seems helpful to get updated with her activities.