Frank and in­ti­mate bi­og­ra­phy

My Life in Bas­ket­ball & Be­yond By Lau­ren Jack­son, Allen & Un­win, $36.99

Coastal News - - Local Classifieds - — Tony Nielsen

My Story by Aus­tralian bas­ket­ball star Lau­ren Jack­son is one of the best sports bi­ogra­phies that I have read. Her abil­ity to take us right in­side her lengthy ca­reer play­ing this highly phys­i­cal sport around the world for two decades is quite re­mark­able.

Born in the bor­der town of Al­bury to high achiev­ing bas­ket­ball play­ing par­ents and reach­ing her 6 foot six height early in her teens, it was in­evitable that Lau­ren would fol­low them into the game.

From the get-go Lau­ren Jack­son’s ded­i­ca­tion to achiev­ing her po­ten­tial was never in ques­tion and it’s only now, in re­tire­ment, that we can un­der­stand the toll, phys­i­cally and men­tally that the de­mands of the game, de­manded of her. Her rapid climb, at the age of just 15 into the Aus­tralian Na­tional side, the Opals, as­sured her of wide­spread fame in her na­tive Aus­tralia and be­yond, on the sur­face seemed like a breeze. In­stead, Lau­ren was strug­gling men­tally, a con­di­tion that never re­ally dis­ap­peared as her star rose to the very heights of bas­ket­ball in­ter­na­tion­ally.

Over 20 years she achieved six na­tional cham­pi­onship ti­tles in Aus­tralia’s WNBL, two WNBA ti­tles play­ing for the Seat­tle Storm in the US, three Euro-league ti­tles, two Rus­sian Cham­pi­onship medals and one Span­ish ti­tle. At three Olympics she was at the fore­front of the Opals win­ning three Euro-league ti­tles, two Rus­sian Cham­pi­onships and one Span­ish Na­tional ti­tle. At four Olympics she was at the fore­front of the Opals medals as­sault, win­ning three sil­ver medals and one bronze.

I can­not rec­om­mend this au­to­bi­og­ra­phy highly enough. Lau­ren Jack­son’s frank and in­ti­mate ap­proach to her story places this at the very top of this genre.

From the get-go Jack­son’s ded­i­ca­tion to achiev­ing her po­ten­tial was never in ques­tion.

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