Welcome to the website of Marayke Jonkers, Australian Paralympic Swimmer, Paratriathlete, motivational speaker, self leadership training expert and founder of the charitable foundation Sporting Dreams.

Marayke’s journey from becoming paraplegic in a car accident as a baby to a three-time Paralympian, has inspired people around Australia through her motivational presentations and media appearances.

Marayke won a silver and two bronze Paralympic medals as a swimmer, and later became Australia’s first female paratriathlete when she won bronze at the world championships in 2010. A former world record holder and current Australian record holder, Marayke won Queensland Young Achiever Award in 2005, has twice been a finalist in the Young Australian of the Year Awards, and has been an Olympic torch bearer.

She is currently writing her autobiography “Unstoppable dreams: self leadership to win”.

Since retiring from competitive sport due to injury in 2011, Marayke has focused her attention on helping the next generation of Paralympians through the foundation she started called Sporting Dreams.

She has appeared on television shows including Insight on SBS, Totally Wild on channel 10, and in publications including Cosmopolitan Magazine.

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​Marayke has spoken to audiences ranging from 10 to 3000, in venues as diverse as pre-schools and Parliament House. She has shared the stage with dignitaries including Premiers and the Governor General. Her story is of daring to dream big, setting goals and never giving up no matter what obstacles life throws in your path.

She uses sport as a metaphor for life as she weaves her own stories of achievements, medal-winning highs and injury-plagued lows, through practical tips each of us can use to lead a rich, rewarding life and overcome the obstacles Marayke says are ‘inevitable’.

“While we may not be able to choose what happens to us in life,
we can choose the attitude we have towards it.  So choose to win,”

– Marayke Jonkers.​​

Marayke has a special interest in peak performance, and sharing the unique ‘mind training’ strategies she developed during her sporting career to help audiences ‘step up to the next level’ and get that last 10% out of themselves.

If you are seeking a speaker on any of these topics , Marayke can help (and will customise the presentation to your specific goals and requirements).

  • Peak performance
  • Goal Setting ( and achieving – how to stick to your plans)
  • Obliterating obstacles
  • Disability & the Paralympics: Marayke is very passionate about promoting Paralympic sport and disability awareness and has fun activities to help participants experience Paralympic sport.
  • Safety: ​Marayke has spoken to audiences about spinal injury prevention and workplace safety. As she says, “at the moment prevention is the only cure.”
  • Self leadership: The art of getting the best out of yourself.




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Great news for anyone who uses a wheelchair and wants to enjoy some surf and sand on my home turf The Sunshine Coast. Congrats Alex Surf club, Cr. Jason OPray , 121Care ... See MoreSee Less

Alexandra Headland: Wheelchair accessible beach matting will be rolled out in front of the Surf Club every weekend. #7News

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#auschamps17 huge congratulations to our Australian teams heading to Mexico for the para swimming world championships and Budapest for the able-bodied well championships. Such an honour to watch u race, present some of your medals and congratulate u tonight. P.S who likes my sign? Artwork embracing inclusion with mexican and Hungarian flags, sombrero and the aussi flag with a gold medal for our golden aussi swimmers of all abilities!!! #dreamscometrue Australian Paralympic Team Australian Paralympic Swim Team Australian Dolphins Swim Team ... See MoreSee Less

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Australian national swim champs and world championshipp selection trials ... See MoreSee Less

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#Ausnats17 What a high- mentoring another swimmer and sharing their journey even more exciting than winning myslelf. GOLD and 2 world records to Rio Paralympian Rachael Watson in women's s4 50m freesyle today at the National Championships. What a journey from hospital to hero in a few short years. So super proud and excited to be there - you may catch a glimpse of yours truly just a bit excited waving a go rachael sign!!!! ( They didnt show my signs for all the other swimmers sorry guys xoxox). Gold and silver to lucky Lakeisha LUCKY Patterson also a sporting Dreams athlete in the IM and freestyle. Australian Dolphins Swim Team Sporting Dreams: The Marayke Jonkers Sporting Dreams fund Australian Paralympic Team ... See MoreSee Less

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#auschamps17 supporting our athletes to qualify for world champs!! Great to c sporting dreams athletes in action again. Dance cam got me finally- thank god it wasn"t the kiss cam. Come down to chandler or tune into the livestream to watch all the action Rachael Watson Matthew Stark Katja Dedekind Kymberley Stark ... See MoreSee Less

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