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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Thanks @little Tokyo la for the best ever decorated emergency wheelchair charging pit stop- lamppost decorated with Christmas fairy lights and the spare power outlet. Only a fellow awesome powrt chair user would know where to find this and give me fronymy row seats to his show. Thanks Arthur Nakane #wheelchairlife #travel #disability ... See MoreSee Less

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#phillygram Worlds oldest thanksgiving parade celebrating 98yrs. Learned so many traditions from the decorated family themed tents ⛺️ lining the route to school marching bands and doll spinners- huge inflatable dolls controlled by a group of people on ground with strings to pull while running in a circle “spinning!” Even that people dress in orange n wear fury stuffed turkey hats lol. It is in historic @philadelphia- home of the Liberty Bell George Washington and Benjamin Franklinamong others. ... See MoreSee Less

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Having breakfast in #cApital Hill... just seen the Supreme Court. First security screening we have to pull everything out of your handbag and put it in boxes. Used to this aft every single museum and attraction in New York made you do the same and get a full body part down - why they don’t provide extremely hunky young gentleman to provide this service to we whelkchait users I’m not sure 🤔 ... See MoreSee Less

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“We hold these truths to be sacred & undeniable; that all men are created equal & independent, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent & inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, & liberty, & the pursuit of happiness; ...”- president Benjamin Franklin ... See MoreSee Less

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#IHaveADream - almost fulfilled. Amazing to walk in the steps of history today -just one slight problem the elevator was out of order so you have to literally be able to walk up steps to be standing where Martin Luther King Junior gave his famous I have a dream speech and Abraham Lincolndeclared all men equal ending slavery and the Civil War and unifying the United States. Oh and I identify as a man today in #RestroomGate as the accessible toilet in the women’s restroom was out of order . Ps. To all my Aussie friends it is apparently rude to refer to it as a bathroom or toilet in America ... See MoreSee Less

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