Welcome to the website of Marayke Jonkers, Australian Paralympic Swimmer, Paratriathlete, motivational speaker, 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.

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




​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.






Just went live on ABC Drive Gold Coast 's reading, listening, watching- audiobook Andre Agasssi Open, Listening u2 Beautiful Day and Watching Covert Affairs. In speaking about the National Injury Insurance Scheme I was thrilled to highlight the tv show I believe best highlights the abilities of people with a disability by having a lead character with a vision impairment while focusing the story line on hisancredible spy craft and skills saving the world from terrorist threats, and his love life not his disability. It proves the point I want to make about why the NIIS is so valuable: when people with disabilities have appropriate equipment and support the disability merely becomes another part of their life Not the focus (would love to see characters with disabilities played by ACTORS /ACTRESSES with disabilities though). ... See MoreSee Less

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Catch me at 9am tomorrow on ABC Sunshine Coast - 9:05 AM Talking sport, life disability and about the national Injury Insurance Scheme #NIIS4QLD ( Thurs April 14th). ... See MoreSee Less

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Fingers crossed for all of my friends and team mates racing to Rio at the Paralympics and Olympic selection trials and national championships in Adelaide. What a massive moment in your life I like so many athletes remember as being much more nerve wracking than the actual games themselves. It's all down to one race four years of hard work comes down to how you perform in this moment on your day. Guys visualise yourself on that plane wearing that Australian uniform soak up every moment of the atmosphere and live that dream!!! Cheering u all the way. #roadtorio #ourteam Australian Paralympic Team Australian Paralympic Swim TeamAustralian Dolphins Swim Team @dolphinsaus @7networksport @ausolympicteam #olympictrials #racetorio #roadtorio ... See MoreSee Less

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