Ambassador Lauren Jackson encourages women and girls to get off the couch and help make a difference.
As Australia’s most successful and decorated basketball player, Jackson began her role as an AWRA Ambassador in February 2013.
Jackson said, “Australia needs more strong, healthy women and girls participating in all levels of sport and recreation and taking leadership roles in all levels of life from government to business, sport, schools and social groups.”
“Getting started is sometimes the hard part. But it can also be as easy as getting off the couch, or making a commitment to help make a difference, and following through.”
Jackson’s energy, drive and commitment are an inspiration to her many fans and supporters, including her 100,000 plus followers on Twitter.
Lauren Jackson is one of Australia’s highest profile female athletes and was a key member of the Australian Women’s National Basketball Team, The Opals,
Jackson has won three Olympic silver medals (2000, 2004, 2008) one Olympic bronze (London 2012), the 2006 world championships and Commonwealth Games gold in Melbourne 2006.
Jackson was also considered one of the best players in the US WNBA league, where she played for the Seattle Storm from 2001 to 2016.
During that time she’s won two WNBA Championships, 3 WNBA MVP awards, a WNBA Finals MVP and made the All-Star team seven times.
When in Australia, Jackson played in the WNBL for seven-time champions the Canberra Capitals.
More recently, Jackson helped Heilongjiang qualify for the playoffs the Women’s Chinese Basketball Association.
In 2014, Jackson became a national Champion for the United Nations Women National Committee Australia and was quoted in the press as saying, ““I hope to be able to be a role model for women, promoting gender equality amongst Australians and around the world.”