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.






My fav part of the Olympics/Paralypics so far? The ads-congratulations Toyota Australia for choosing our very own Paralympics superstar and my former squad training mate Ellie to show everybody what it takes to be amazing disability or not!!!!! Oh what a feeling athletes of disabilities in the media like this #stoked. #Dreamcometrue ... See MoreSee Less

“There has been a whole lifetime of preparation behind this” – Toyota Ambassador Ellie Cole is preparing for her big moment at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. #WeBelieve Australian Paralympic Team

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What did you want to be when you grew up? for me I wanted to compete for Australia as a swimmer. With just 15 days till the Olympics and under 50 till the Paralympics we're about to watch Aussi athletes live out their dreams and inspire the nation. SooI've decided to share with you guys for FREE some of the inside tips of an elite athlete I learned along the way- so you too can lead a gold medal life and achieve your #unstopbableDreams . youtu.be/7H-9jX5m71E

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Catch me on ABC Sunshine Coast radio this afternoon on the sports panel discussing the swimming grand prix and out Olympic and Paralympic athletes from the coast- and leaving the tricky cricket and footy questions to another expert lol. Congratulations to Sunshine Coast based German triathlete Jan Frodeno, who broke the long course world record recently. Jan Frodeno Jan Frodeno. USC Spartans Swim Team. Australian Olympic Team Australian Paralympic Team Australian Dolphins Swim Team Sunshine Coast Sports Federation ... See MoreSee Less

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Great time tonight joining the Australian Olympic and Paralympic teams for their last race in Australia before Rio. Had a blast hanging out with all the retired swimmers that have represented Australia (and looking for our names and numbers on the wall - wow only 191 people have competed at the Paralympics and Swimming before me out of a country of 23 million people that's pretty amazing). Even better to watch so many athletes who I saw start their career through Sporting Dreams: The Marayke Jonkers Sporting Dreams fund - Rach Watson, Logan Powell, lakeisha patterson. Amazing moments: watching Dawn Frasers joy at Cate Campbell's world record. Hanging out with the retired swimmers and having their children run around ask us for autographs because they don't know mummy and daddy are famous-but people with dolphins stamped on the Hands are. Catching up with my amazing team mates from Australian Dolphins Swim Team Australian Paralympic Swim Team Australian Paralympic Team Australian Olympic Team ... See MoreSee Less

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