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Bronzed Aussies

Congratulations to the Australian Jayco Opals, bronze medallists at the 2014 FIBA World Championships! The Opals defeated Turkey 74-44 to claim bronze and capped an outstanding campaign from all players and staff involved with the Australian team. Opals captain Penny Taylor was also rewarded with a place in the All-Star Five.

The ABC provided great coverage of the World Championships on free-to-air television and the Opals' full games are still available on iview for Australian viewers.

An update from Lauren

LJ UpdateHi there all,

Just thought I would update you and thank everyone for your kind messages and support.

I have a wonderful support group through family and friends plus my twitter community.

My rehab program on my knee has been progressing well, I've worked long and hard but I have just run out of time to be able to play for the Opals in the upcoming Worlds and get through a full program of matches. I'm so disappointed that I will not be joining my Opals buddies in Turkey for the championships.

I have also had a hip problem which has been getting progressively worse and after scans confirming the problem I elected to have surgery now rather than later.

I'm out of hospital and home resting up.....will be on crutches yet again!

As soon as I can, I will be back at the AIS on rehab and really looking forward to being on court again and playing for the Caps this coming season as soon as possible.

Thanks again for all of your support.... can't get through this stuff without you.

Take care

Lauren x

Lauren out of World Championships

Lauren has unfortunately had to withdraw from the 2014 World Championships campaign of the Australian Jayco Opals. “I've worked so hard on my rehab program and my knee injury has actually progressed well – sadly, just not enough to compete at Worlds. Put simply, we just ran out of time,” Jackson said.

With her knee requiring another 8-12 weeks of rehab, medical advice has also recommended Lauren undergo surgery on her hip.
“After scans this week the medical advice was to operate today. I’ll be back with the great, supportive team at the AIS in just 2 weeks and preparing to play for the University of Canberra Capitals in November.
“I can't wait to be finally back on court – I'm actually fit and strong so the hard work will not be lost.”

For more, read the full Basketball Australia media release.

New Sporting Commons

Earlier this week, the University of Canberra launched its new $16 million Sporting Commons facility. With the goal of becoming Australia's leading sports university, the partnership between the ACT Government, the University of Canberra and ACTSport ensures Canberra is at the forefront of development and innovation in sport.
Lauren Jackson and the University of Canberra Capitals will train out of the high performance centre this upcoming WNBL season. Rugby Union star David Pocock and the Brumbies already train at the facility.

Lauren Jackson, David Pocock, UC Sporting Commons

Lauren Jackson and David Pocock at the University of Canberra's Sporting Commons opening. Photos by Katherine Griffiths.

Lauren Jackson, David Pocock, University of Canberra

University of Canberra Capitals

A new era for Capitals basketball has begun as the University of Canberra will be the new home of the WNBL team. The University of Canberra Capitals will continue to be coached by Carrie Graf and rising star Steph Talbot has been signed for the 2014/15 season.
This exciting new phase "will enable Capitals players to establish flexible working, living and studying arrangements through the University so that they are able to have a stronger focus on basketball while at the same time preparing for life after basketball". Read more >

Lauren Jackson
@laurenej15

Exciting news for @CanberraCaps and @UniCanberra So pumped bout being a Canberra girl again and competing 4 these brilliant organisations ❤

7:16 PM - 16 May 2014     Reply    Retweet

Double Celebrations

Twice the reason to celebrate today: Happy Birthday Lauren and to all the mothers, Happy Mother's Day!

Play by the Rules

There's no room for racism or homophobia in sport.
- Lauren Jackson applauds sport's hard-line stance against discrimination : The Canberra Times

Opals Camp

The Jayco Australia Opals squad has assembled in Canberra this week for one of the training camps leading up to the World Championships in September. Recovering from her surgery, Lauren is with the squad at the AIS and has also been involved off the court in her role as ambassador for the AASC program to help inspire children to keep active.

Amongst the diverse squad of experienced internationals and young talent on display at the Opals camp is the much-welcomed return of Penny Taylor. The 2006 World Championships MVP was forced to miss the 2012 Olympics due to injury and the international superstar has already been impressed by the young talent vying for Opals selection. The Opals have been drawn in Group C alongside Belarus, South Korea and Cuba for the preliminary round of the World Championships in Turkey.

Lauren Jackson AASC

Lauren and school kids taking part in the AASC ambassador program on March 26

UN role for Lauren

Lauren has a new role as Champion for the UN Women National Committee Australia! The role gives her the opportunity to continue her passion promoting gender equality amongst Australians and around the world. She joins Aussie actress Nicole da Silva as fellow Champion.
How will you celebrate International Women's Day? Check out the UN Women website for any IWD events in your area.

An update from Lauren

LJ UpdateHi There!

Well I'm back…not quite the way I expected but very happy to be back in OZ!

China was culturally challenging, and ohhhhh how I missed the Australian Summer and my beloved barbeques! Not a lot of red meat for an aussie country girl like me to be found in China! Harbin City where I was based was just freezing.....minus 20 or 30 sometimes! So to get the last month of summer in Australia is soooooo good.

My team Heilongjiang Shenda went 11 – 11 for the regular season and we made the playoffs. Unfortunately I suffered a knee injury in December which progressively got worse. Halfway through the second round things deteriorated and I started getting very sharp pain, then the inevitable happened and I had to make a decision to stop as I could not run. I offered to stay and support my team mates in the playoffs, who were all such beautiful girls but the team management said I could head back to Melbourne and get it fixed. I jetted in on Sunday and had surgery last night (Monday). I'm pleased as David Young my surgeon is telling me that both operations on my Achilles and Knee went well and he expects I will make a full recovery. My knee injury was found to be a lateral meniscus tear and was torn off the bone, which was upsetting to hear because it is a long recovery time. But he assures me that my joints are wonderful and he expects me to play till I'm 40. smileyclap

I just now need to rest and recover and do some rehab.

Great to be back even though I'm going to be hobbling around for a while!

Take care.

Love Lauren x

Twitter @laurenej15

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