Marayke Caroline Jonkers

Marayke Caroline JonkersMarayke Jonkers is a Paralympic medal winning swimmer, paratriathlete and founder of Sporting Dreams which empowering athletes with disabilities. She is an expert in self leadership- the art of building self confidence and knowledge to live your own ‘gold medal life.””

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, competing at the Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.

A former world record holder and current Australian record holder marayke represented Australia for over 10 years breaking over 70 Australian records and winning many international medals.

She later switched sports and became Australia’s first female paratriathlete and para triathlon medallist when she won bronze at the ITU world championships in Budapest, Hungary.

Since retiring from competitive sport due to injury in 2011 Marayke has focused her attention on helping the next generation of athletes with disabilities through the grants scheme she started in 2008 called Sporting Dreams. Sporting dreams provides funds to purchase equipment such as racing wheelchairs. Marayke’s vision is to ensure the next generation of athletes have the same opportunity she has had to enjoy fun fitness and personal development through sport. She has already given grants to 97 promising athletes.

Away from the pool she has two university degrees from the University of the Sunshine Coast, in social science and communications, and achieved high distinction grades.

A fierce advocate for diversity, Marayke was the ambassador for the QLD Governements National Injury Insurance Scheme and worked in the career development sector with a focuss on disability in the work force. She’s the author of the book ‘ Careers for graduates with disabilities.’

Marayke is in increasingly high demand by corporate audiences as a motivational speaker, using the steps she took to success to empower others andswering the big questions in life through self leadership.

She runs workshops in self leadership/goal setting for corporate audiences and students.

Marayke shares her medal winning techniques for success and how to get the best out of yourself in any situation and lead your own “gold medal life” from corporate to home life, and help your clients do the same.

We all face obstacles, crossroads and change but we also all have choices. In her presentations and workshops on self leadership Marayke delves deeply into how she found the inner strength to keep going and not only survive, but to thrive- and how you can too- using her simple program ‘rev up to win’

Do you wonder why do some people struggle and never reach their goals, while others are successful beyond their wildest dreams! Have you ever wished someone could just give you all the answers? That when faced with a great opportunity or challenge you instinctively knew what to do? What if there was a way… the answer is self leadership and Marayke is about to share with you how.

Her outstanding achievements have lead to Marayke winning many awards and accolades.

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.

Sporting Dreams, the not for profit she founded has assisted 137 athletes.

Marayke was named one of Australia’s most inspirational women by Cosmopolitan magazine, being announced as the inaugural winner of the fun fearless female award.

She has appeared on television shows including Insight on SBS, Totally Wild on channel 10, and in publications including Cosmopolitan Magazine.

Marayke loves a challenge and has tried skydiving, sit skiing, snorkelling, kayaking, camel riding, and has travelled through parts of Europe, the pacific, Asia and the UK enjoying the challenge of taking a wheelchair to some of least accessible areas of the world.

Her favourite quote is “”you never know what you can do until you try”.

For more information and to contact Marayke Caroline…
@marayke jonkers

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