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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One week to go!!! If you want to see me in the Queens Battin relayhere’s the details: ... See MoreSee Less

Marayke’s Queens baton relay run and post event celebration

March 27, 2018, 10:00am

It’s my great honour to be one of 24 runners carrying the Queens baton message of peace unity and celebration through sport to the Sunshine Coast enroute to the @gold Coast commonwealth games. Would love to see you all there so you there lining the route to get up and close with the baton. Get ready for your selfies. So we can catch up afterward in comfort I welcome you to join for a celebration afterwards with all friends and family for a picnic and catch up. There’s a fantastic park at the end of the street BYO picnic or purchase something from surrounding cafes. What : Queens Battin relay Where: intersection of Palmer Avenue and earnshaw st csloundra Qld Time : approx 11am but be there early in case everybody before me ran fast!!!!! Will you get to talk to me : yes but not during or before the relay I will be at the official briefing and running or maybe shuffling 200 m with the torch. Plenty of time to get back relax and socialise afterwards in the park. Wet weather venue to be advised if needed and will be a nearby cafe How to find us: Look for the giant “go Marayke” banner in green and gold. All my friends and supporters will be gathered around it - my lucky token that has been at every single Paralympic games with me. Seems a fitting purpose to dust it off and drag it out of retirement. Hashtags: qbr2018 and #marayke Look forward to seeing you all there.

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Bravehearts presentation gals speak “brave” in sign language - whatever language we speak we can be brave and inclusive of everyone!! I am woman hear me roar presenters loved the integration of sign language broadening our language skills by @glenncappelli and the bond of sisterhood creating #girlpower #pushforprogress #bravehrarts #psaconvention2018 Rabia Siddique ... See MoreSee Less

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From the country to the city- The life of a speaker on the road looks glamorous but it’s sometimes actually sleep deprived lol. Looking forward to #psaconvention2018 starting today. Absolutely honoured (and equally terrified) to be sharing the stage are some of the worlds best speakers on of all things the topic of bravery in speaking, Life and business. I think that’s brave right there to get up on stage beside legends and share a useful golden nugget of wisdom in just six minutes with the worlds greatest!!!Im either be brave or stupid to do that but I love a challenge - this is like a ted talk on steroids 💕💕 #bravehearts #speaker #paralympian #bravery ... See MoreSee Less

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Which of these looks like it takes the most bravery to you? All will be revealed tomorrow When I speak about bravery and life business and onstage with some of the nations greatest speakers ( what an honour - speaking in front of and beside them is brave in itself) at the professional speakers Association convention. I would love to hear whether you think it’s moment 123 or 4 ss part of my research on what we perceive as brave- share the number it in the comments below !!!! #bravehearts #psaconvention2018 ... See MoreSee Less

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