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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The 2017 CDAA National Conference was a fantastic success, with 270 Australian and international delegates coming together to discuss how the profession can contribute to meeting the challenges of our communities.

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I love my job constantly expanding my horizons learning about new industries and meeting extraordinary people and academics working to help people achieve their full potential-in this case decent work and diversity in the workplace. #speaker #Love #disabilityemplyment what you do and you never work a day in your life ... See MoreSee Less

The 2017 CDAA National Conference was a fantastic success, with 270 Australian and international delegates coming together to discuss how the profession can contribute to meeting the challenges of our communities.

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There's nothing like the feeling of competing at a home Games with the crowd in Green and gold cheering for you, and your friends and family able to be there- I will never forget representing Australian Paralympic Team in Sydney 2000. It's a once in a lifetime experience for spectators too. Though I'm not ( and never have) competed in a Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games as my classification wasn't included 2018 will make history with THE MOST EVER parasport medal events. Don't forget to put your ticket requests in- closes today. How awesome is it to see para sport athletes in the advertising- total inclusion and equal recognition. Link below. I've done mine- all the paraport events that didnt clash losta swimming , athletics, triathlon and even some sports I've never seen live before. Get in the spirit!!! ... See MoreSee Less

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games is going for gold in its quest for an inclusive Games and will host the largest integrated Para-sport program in Commonwealth Games history. Ticket requests for GC2018 are open until Monday, 22 May at Register now!

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#cdaa17 it's a wrap for day 3 honoured to give the closing keynote address: career chameleons: using self leadership to turn adversity to advantage. Fantastic to have a yarn about some of my favourite subjects goalsetting (and achieving) disability awareness and employment and personal and professional development! What an amazing array of speakers and so many amazing research project from decent work to happenstance theory and really hands on interventions to deal with the changing workforce and encourage and support people to the employment of their choice. 😊 thank you for having me @career development association of australia ... See MoreSee Less

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