Jackson returned to Asia, signing with Heilongjiang in the Women’s Chinese Basketball Association in China for the 2013/14 season.
However, it was on the international stage where the Albury junior’s star shone the brightest, leading the Opals to silver medals at the 20 Olympic Games and the 2006 FIBA World Championship gold medal.
The daughter of Australian basketball representatives, Lauren was born with the genes to play the game but ultimately it was her individual desire and mindset to refine her talent that set her apart from others to become the player she is.
With strong family bonds, particularly the support of parents Gary and Maree (a former LSU standout and record holder), growing up in a basketball culture did her no harm.
From sleeping under the benches and travelling with her mother from a young age, she was exposed to the lifestyle and environment that set in her stead to set lofty dreams of winning Gold for Australia since she was two years old. Cockiness and a brash demeanour at the age twelve saw a shift in perspective that would ultimately influence the rest of her playing career.
After a dramatic refusal to return to the court in an under-14s final, a mission statement ensued: "It has always been an athlete's dream to be in the Olympics and now it is mine.