Welcome to the website of Marayke JonkersAustralian Paralympic Swimmer,Paratriathlete, motivational speaker and founder of 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.

 

WHAT DOES MARAYKE SPEAK ABOUT?​

LIFE INSPIRATION CHASING DREAMS ACHIEVING GOALS OVERCOMING OBSTACLES

​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 dignatories including Premiers and the Govenor General. Her story is of daring to dream big, set 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 heighs and injury plagued lows throughout practical tips each of us can use to lead a rich, rewarding life and overcome the obstacle 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 audience ‘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 participents experience paralympicsport.
  • 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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Thank you to Sunshine Coast Daily and Maroochy RSL for this great story www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/videos/maroochydore-rsl-paralympian-marayke-jonkers/35447/ ... See MoreSee Less

Maroochydore RSL CEO Clare Paton presenting a cheque for $11,000 to retired Paralympian Marayke Jonkers and her charity, Sporting Dreams.

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Marayke was featured on last nights 7 Local News for the generous donation of $11,000 she received from the Maroochy RSL Club so she can have her car modified in order to become a passenger. ... See MoreSee Less

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I'm thrilled to announce that Maroochy RSL have kindly donated $11 000 towards having my vehicle modified to carry an electric wheelchair so that I can continue my work with the charity I founded to empower athletes with disabilities Sporting Dreams: The Marayke Jonkers Sporting Dreams fund. Our motto is changing lives through sport for athletes with disabilties.

RSL Queensland has been a long term supporter of Sporting Dreams, Sponsoring athlete grants at our award ceremonies for many years. And I have also enjoyed speaking at the RSL's Youth development program several times to the nation's next generation of great young minds.

I greatly appreciate the warm support of my local RSL to continue my charity work.

Vehicle modifications have become neccessary as I now need to use a 100kg motorised wheelchair after sustaining an overuse injury in my arms, and can no longer just throw it into my old car sylvia like my former lightweight 8kg wheelchair, This money will help with the lift, securing the wheelchair to the floor to meet safety standards, modifying seatbelts and other safety requirements to be a passenger in my electric wheelchair.

My ultimate goal is to eventually drive independently which will require more fundraising. Tax deductible donations can be made at http//www.marayke.com
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I'm thrilled to announce that @[174787005902591:274:Maroochy RSL] have kindly donated $11 000 towards having my vehicle modified to carry an electric wheelchair so that I can continue my work with the charity I founded to empower athletes with disabilities @[166729333347771:274:Sporting Dreams\: The Marayke Jonkers Sporting Dreams fund]. Our motto is changing lives through sport for athletes with disabilties. @[153761044647677:274:RSL Queensland] has been a long term supporter of Sporting Dreams, Sponsoring athlete grants at our award ceremonies for many years. And I have also enjoyed speaking at the RSL's Youth development program several times to the nation's next generation of great young minds. I greatly appreciate the warm support of my local RSL to continue my charity work. Vehicle modifications have become neccessary as I now need to use a 100kg motorised wheelchair after sustaining an overuse injury in my arms, and can no longer just throw it into my old car sylvia like my former lightweight 8kg wheelchair, This money will help with the lift, securing the wheelchair to the floor to meet safety standards, modifying seatbelts and other safety requirements to be a passenger in my electric wheelchair. My ultimate goal is to eventually drive independently which will require more fundraising. Tax deductible donations can be made at http//www.marayke.com

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Was honoured to attend a special breakfast for Australia Day award winners and sponsors hosted by Sunshine Coast Council at Maroochy RSL this week. Incredibly inspirational speeches by citizen of the year "Chappy Dave" ( Dave Larkin) and VC recipient Ben Roberts-Smith who both spoke about the Aussi qualities displayed by all winners- helping others. ... See MoreSee Less

Was honoured to attend a special breakfast for Australia Day award winners and sponsors hosted by @[124607817611019:274:Sunshine Coast Council] at @[174787005902591:274:Maroochy RSL] this week. Incredibly inspirational speeches by citizen of the year "Chappy Dave" ( Dave Larkin) and VC recipient @[192531080786246:274:Ben Roberts-Smith] who both spoke about the Aussi qualities displayed by all winners- helping others.

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