Flesh and blood, puts on her shorts one leg at a time. – she takes a quick look around and her eye falls on me, I’m the closest, over here by the pole. I’ve never really thought she was gay, she seems so much the epitome of the tomboyish but straight girl-next-door. Perhaps if we wear a T-shirt with her number on it, perhaps if she hears us cheering her in a game, perhaps if she touches us, even fleetingly, we too will assume an aspect of the divine. Then, with a tiny resolute shrug – how many hands has she touched in the past week, year, decade? She makes me feel genuinely proud to be part of the same species. She radiates health, brilliance, a cheerful embrace of life.
Taking the court primarily at point guard and shooting guard, she led the team to three consecutive NCAA championships.
People who watch the Women Basketball know about her rise from college basketball in Connecticut to her great devotion and success in the WNBA with the Phoenix Mercury.
They also know about the huge host of awards that she has won during a glittering career which includes 3 Olympic Gold Medals.
Jackson was a member of the Australian Senior Women's Team that won a silver medal at the 2002 FIBA World Championship for Women in China, co-captain of the team that won a gold medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, and captain of the team that won a gold medal at the 2006 FIBA World Championship for Women in Brazil.
In 2001, Jackson entered the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) draft and was selected by the Seattle Storm, which viewed Jackson as a franchise player.