Basketball Australia is delighted to have two Australian Basketball superstars as Aussie Hoops program ambassadors - Lauren Jackson and Matthew Dellavedova.
LAUREN JACKSON BIO
Arguably the finest female basketballer of all-time, Jackson tipped off her career at the AIS in 1997. Quickly making a name for herself in both the WNBL and internationally, she led the Chemist Warehouse Opals to silver medals at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games, as well as gold at the 2006 FIBA World Championships. Jackson was taken with the first pick of the 2001 WNBA Draft by the Seattle Storm, where she led the Storm to two WNBA Championships while continuing to win four WNBL titles with the Canberra Capitals. Stints in Korea, Russia and Spain followed with continued success, before collecting a fourth Olympic medal in London, where she became the first female to carry the Australian flag at the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. In 2016 Lauren joined the new ownership group of the Melbourne Boomers WNBL team, being named the team's commercial operations executive.
MATTHEW DELLAVEDOVA BIO
One of Australia’s finest homegrown athletes, Dellavedova started his basketball career in regional Victoria playing for his hometown, the Maryborough Blazers. He spent three years at the AIS, before representing Australia for the first time captaining the U/19 Australian team at the World Championships in New Zealand. After a standout career at St Mary’s College of California in the USA, Dellavedova was invited to join the CAVS summer league and earned himself a spot on the roster. Winning his first NBA Championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2015/2016. Matthew has represented Australia in two Olympic Games and a FIBA World Championship campaign. He is currently playing for the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, and for the Australian Boomers.