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.
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 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.