Lauren Jackson announces home coming

Lauren Jackson announces home coming

Jayco Australian Opals captain and basketball superstar Lauren Jackson will play with the Canberra TransACT Capitals in the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) in seasons 2012/13, 2014/15 and 2015/16, in a major coup for the Caps and the Nation’s Capital City announced in Canberra today.

Jackson, the most decorated Australian basketballer of the current era, will play three of the next five WNBL seasons for the Capitals in an agreement which brings together major support from the ACT Government and local utilities organisations ActewAGL, Actew Corporation and TransACT Communications.

The deal heralds Jackson’s return to home soil and follows an earlier announcement to bypass a WNBA season and spend the lead up to the London 2012 Olympics in Australia. The jet setting Jackson, having just completed a season with Seattle Storm (Women’s National Basketball Association), now heads to the lucrative Spanish League for a season with Ros Casares Valencia, after which the London 2012 preparations take centre court.

Jackson said the timing was right for her return. “I’m thrilled with the certainty this provides me and even more excited about continuing to play a major part in Australian basketball in the short term.”

“I want to be on hand and help drive the continued success of this wonderful game in Canberra and Australia.”