Lauren Jackson has received a lot of honors during her basketball career, but this one is unique. On Saturday, the Albury Sports Stadium in Jackson’s hometown will be renamed the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre.
“I’m very excited but humbled to have the sports centre named in my honour,” Jackson said in a statement. “I’m grateful to the AlburyCity Council and people of Albury for this recognition. Wherever I go in the world I always consider myself a country girl from Albury and it will indeed always be my home. I’m very proud to have this connection to a city I love and can represent.”
Over 160,000 participants per year use the Albury Sports Stadium for a range of sports and activities, including basketball as well as badminton, futsall, netball and volleyball. In addition to hosting youth sports, the Albury Sports Stadium is also home to the Albury-Wodonga Border Bandits and Lady Bandits clubs.