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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Joined the Pitt crew on my birthday for the home games Commonwealth games team processing Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games . From the uniforms to data collection these guys are on the road for an awesome experience at their home games. Amazing to be on the other side of the fence and see what goes into getting a team to the games to think I used to just turnCommonwealth Games Australiaa 🇦🇺Australian Paralympic Teamm ... See MoreSee Less

Joined the Pitt crew at team processing on my bday - these athletes are heading for an amazing home games. Fun to see the action from the other side as a retired athlete – when I was swimming I never imagined how much work went in behind the scenes from making sure everybody is shoe sizes and passport numbers and medical details are collected to their family and friends uniform sizes, information for the media. Let's hope I did them justice!

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Marayke Jonkers shared Sporting Dreams: The Marayke Jonkers Sporting Dreams fund's post. ... See MoreSee Less

Fantastic catching up with Queensland Paralympians past, present and future at the Australian Paralympic Team athlete forums. Jordan Carroll was our 100's sporting dreams grant recipient and I loved hearing all about the custom ski boots he bought was his Grant, and his new career in tandem cycling. Can anyone spot Ekka the guide dog?

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#psa listening to the lovely Jane Anderson speak about influencer marketing for speakers 😊 ... See MoreSee Less

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Make up artist Kate Fide - Makeup Artist kind enough to get up before the sun even rose to airbrush me to perfection for the cameras and stage. I do rather like these lashes ... See MoreSee Less

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