Basketball Australia has welcomed today’s announcement that women’s basketball superstar Lauren Jackson has been selected to carry the Australian flag at the 2012 London Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.
Jackson was named as the flag bearer by Nick Green, the Chef de Mission of the Australian Olympic Team, earlier today.
She will become the second basketballer to receive the ultimate Australian sporting honour in the past four Games, following in the footsteps of Boomers legend Andrew Gaze who carried the flag into the stadium for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.
Basketball Australia Interim Chief Executive Officer Scott Derwin said Jackson was the perfect choice to carry the flag in London.
“I congratulate the Australian Olympic Committee on their selection of Lauren as the flag bearer for London, not just because she is one of our own basketballers, but because she embodies what is great about Australia and the Olympic ideal,” said Derwin from London. “She strives for excellence every single day and has achieved success at every level. Lauren is the ultimate competitor who won’t back down from any challenge. I think she is the perfect choice to carry the flag.”
The incoming CEO of Basketball Australia Kristina Keneally, who commences her new role on August 4, said that Jackson would be the perfect representative of all Australians.
“Lauren will be the ideal representative for all Australians in London, including the over one million people around the country who play basketball,” said Keneally. “She is an outstanding athlete, an exceptional leader and a terrific role model who has inspired so many young Australians with her amazing performances.
“Our best ever men’s basketballer carried the flag in Sydney in Andrew Gaze. Lauren is quite clearly our best ever female basketballer, and quite possibly the greatest female player of all time. I can’t think of a better choice as flag bearer.”