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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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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 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.

 

MOTIVATE ME MARAYKE

 

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In search of an outback adventure? read about mine in to Mount Isa, Queensland and Boulia Shire Council Link Disability Magazine:https://www.joomag.com/magazine/link-october-2016-volume-25-issue-4/0858626001475646613

Australian Hotel Boulia Boulia, Queensland Outback At Isa
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CAN DO CANADA: From Niagara Falls to a wheelchair accessible snow mobile ride on Athabasca Glacier Icewalks, Canada has stunning and accessible attractions for travellers who use a wheelchair. READ FULL STORY IN Link Disability Magazine HERE www.joomag.com/magazine/link-february-2017-volume-26-issue-1/0442024001485779976

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Marayke's first white xmas, and ski trip to Switzerland ... See MoreSee Less

2004 learning to sit ski in Villars Gryon, Switzerland

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Ah take me back. What a fun time. White Christmas. Dragging a real tree up the fire escape to decorate the room. Dancing the new year in at a night club wearing s shoe string dress and racing outside in excitement to see fresh snow fall for the first time at midnight..... tilll we realised it's in cold dressed like that. Much to the bemusement of the local Swiss who probably still puzzle over the Queenslanders who tried to ski in jeans till we learned about ski pants and never heard of thermals 😝 ❄️ ⛄️ ... See MoreSee Less

2004 learning to sit ski in Villars Gryon, Switzerland

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Christmas is a time to celebrate but also to to remember not everyone is healthy or home able to celebrate with family and friends- I created this 'Bones' themed christmas tree with my friend Peter Lane-Collett based on our favourite TV show to brighten up his hospital room.

With everything from the Jeffersonian institute logo on the star, to literal bones, the theme also crosses over with a medical theme and has kept drs and nurses amused identifying the various bones and diagnosing the glitter skeleton with two left legs!!!!

Spreading the christmas cheer bones style is meaningful as we met while in hospital last year and exchanging episodes of bones to keep our selves occupied while recovering. The show has become extra poignant to us both after the character Jack began using a wheelchair following an accident. as we are also both wheelchair users with spinal cord injuries. I'm loving the way the show embraces diversity- providiing modifications and equipment such as an attachable lab table on his wheelchair, or viewing the crime scene via video when it's inaccessinle to continue his brilliant work.

We cant wait for the final season in January.

Peter has now been in hospital for over 1 1/2 years recovering from multiple surgeries.

What a novel experience it was creating delicate decorations wearing gloves and an isolation gown. Peter is a creative genius and spent weeks fashioning ornaments from plastic bones and items- wiring hooks onto bones, and even putting led lights in the eye sockets of a skull.

I'm hoping this reaches the cast and crew at bones and we can get him a chritsmas/ new year shout out!!!

The bones cast- ID badges

Sealy Booth: Cocky belt Buckle and noble head bobby

Temperence Brennan: Dolphin ring

Jack Hodgkins - Wheelchair, excrement to experiment on sitting in it with a santa hat on.

Christmas episode reference: Santa bell- the murder weapon from "Santa in the slush" which Booth declared "the worst christmas ever" after particulates examined by the team lead to him having to sniff the bums of a team of professional santas to determine which one had been near a particular type of soup found at the murder scene. The weapon was a bell, but could have belonged to any santa.

Syringes- handmade and filled with 'blood' and 'fluid'

How can you make christmas brighter for someone this year.

Merry Christmas and Happy new year Peter.

Bones Can we get a merry Christmas for peter?

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Christmas is a time to celebrate but also to to remember not everyone is healthy or home able to celebrate with family and friends- I created this 'Bones' themed christmas tree with my friend @[694515193:2048:Peter Lane-Collett] based on our favourite TV show to brighten up his hospital room. With everything from the Jeffersonian institute logo on the star, to literal bones, the theme also crosses over with a medical theme and has kept drs and nurses amused identifying the various bones and diagnosing the glitter skeleton with two left legs!!!! Spreading the christmas cheer bones style is meaningful as we met while in hospital last year and exchanging episodes of bones to keep our selves occupied while recovering. The show has become extra poignant to us both after the character Jack began using a wheelchair following an accident. as we are also both wheelchair users with spinal cord injuries. I'm loving the way the show embraces diversity- providiing modifications and equipment such as an attachable lab table on his wheelchair, or viewing the crime scene via video when it's inaccessinle to continue his brilliant work. We cant wait for the final season in January. Peter has now been in hospital for over 1 1/2 years recovering from multiple surgeries. What a novel experience it was creating delicate decorations wearing gloves and an isolation gown. Peter is a creative genius and spent weeks fashioning ornaments from plastic bones and items- wiring hooks onto bones, and even putting led lights in the eye sockets of a skull. I'm hoping this reaches the cast and crew at bones and we can get him a chritsmas/ new year shout out!!! The bones cast- ID badges Sealy Booth: Cocky belt Buckle and noble head bobby Temperence Brennan: Dolphin ring Jack Hodgkins - Wheelchair, excrement to experiment on sitting in it with a santa hat on. Christmas episode reference: Santa bell- the murder weapon from "Santa in the slush" which Booth declared "the worst christmas ever" after particulates examined by the team lead to him having to sniff the bums of a team of professional santas to determine which one had been near a particular type of soup found at the murder scene. The weapon was a bell, but could have belonged to any santa. Syringes- handmade and filled with 'blood' and 'fluid' How can you make christmas brighter for someone this year. Merry Christmas and Happy new year Peter. @[19097964496:274:Bones] Can we get a merry Christmas for peter? @[694599563944313:274:Marayke Jonkers]

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