Marayke Jonkers

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Marayke Jonkers
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Marayke Jonkers with her silver medal from the SM4 150 m individual medley at the 2002 IPC World Swimming Championships in Mar del Plata, Argentina
Personal information
Nationality  Australia
Born (1981-09-13) 13 September 1981 (age 33)

Marayke Jonkers (born 13 September 1981) is an Australian Paralympic swimmer and paratriathlon competitor. She won two bronze medals at the 2004 Athens Paralympics and a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.


Jonkers was born on 13 September 1981 in Hobart,[1] and moved to Queensland as a baby.[2] She lives in the Sunshine Coast of Queensland.[3] She became a paraplegic due to a car accident at the age of eight months.[3] She studied Communications and Social Science at the University of the Sunshine Coast where she received two Bachelors degrees.[4][5][6] She works as a motivational speaker.[4][6] In 2009, she became a graduate employment consultant for STEPS Disability Qld.[5]

As part of her university studies, she completed an internship with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation working in ABC Online and the Stateline television show.[6] She has had stories published in The Sunshine Coast Daily and The Weekender.[6] She answered fashion questions in the April 2008 edition of Link Magazine.[7]

Sporting career[edit]

Jonkers broke more than 70 Australian national swimming records in the breaststroke, individual medley, freestyle and butterfly.[4][8] She also set a world record for the 100 m butterfly event.[8] She started her competitive swimming career in 1998.[3] Her training included swimming 576 kilometres (358 mi) a year, and training six days a week.[6] She has participated in swimming competitions in over thirteen countries.[6] She competed in the SB3 classification, which means she has a more severe physical disability than those in classifications of 4 to 6.[9] She has also swum in the SM4 classification.[10] She represents the Maroochydore Swimming Club at national competitions.[11]

Jonkers' first Paralympics was the 2000 Sydney Games.[8][12] At the 2002 IPC Swimming World Championships, she won two swimming silver medals.[8] At the 2004 Athens Paralympics, Jonkers won two swimming bronze medals in the Women's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 and Women's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 events.[8][12] She competed at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, where she was one of Australia's oldest swimmers.[10] She won a silver medal at the Games in the Women's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 event[5][12] with a time of 3:28.88.[10] In 2009, she set a world record in the 150 m individual medley at Australia's national short course championships held in Hobart.[5] In 2010, she competed at the Queensland Swimming Age Multi Class Championships.[9] She competed in the women's 100 m Breaststroke event, finishing third with a time of 02:50.59.[9] In 2010, at the age of 30, she also competed at the 2010 Telstra Australian Championships[11] the Over 12 years 150 m Medley event where she made the final finished with a time of 4:07.51.[11] She also made the finals in the Over 12 years 50 m Breaststroke event.[11]

Jonkers' first paratriathlon competition was the 2009 ITU Triathlon World Championships in the Gold Coast; she also competed in the 2010 championships in Budapest.[3][13] She had an Australian Institute of Sport Paralympic swimming scholarship.[14]


At the age of 23, Jonkers was named the 2005 Queensland Young Achiever by Premier Peter Beattie.[8] In 2007, she was named the inaugural winner of Cosmopolitan magazine's "fun fearless female award"[15] recognising Australia's most inspirational women who are encouraging others to pursue their dreams.[16] She was featured on page 76 of Cosmopolitan the month that she was recognised.[4] She used her prize money to set up the "Sporting Dreams Fund," which helps to people with disabilities develop their sporting talents.[17] In 2010, she was named the Sporting Wheelie of the Year by the Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association.[13] In 2011, she was an Australia Day Ambassador.[18]


  1. ^ Australian Paralympic Committee Media Guide Athens (PDF). Sydney: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2004. p. 75. 
  2. ^ "Gallery". Marayke Jonkers' website. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d Culp, Brad (10 August 2010). "Paratriathlon Feature: Marayke Jonkers". International Triathlon Union. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Jonkers makes latest Cosmo". Sunshine Coast Daily (Sunshine Coast, Queensland). 17 July 2007. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d Gatehouse, Julie (10 November 2009). "Paralympian Marayke dives into new job". Sunshine Coast, Queensland: University of the Sunshine Coast. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f Jonkers, Marayke. "Bachelor of Social Science graduate with a physical impairment". Australia: Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET). Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "April 2008 Back Issues - Link Magazine". Australia: Link Magazine. April 2008. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f "Queensland : Winners 2005, Young Achiever Awards". Awards Australia. 2005. Archived from the original on 23 June 2005. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  9. ^ a b c "2010 Queensland Swimming Age Multi Class Championships". Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association. 24 October 2010. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  10. ^ a b c McGarry, Andrew (14 September 2008). "Veteran Jonkers claims elusive silver". Melbourne, Victoria: Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  11. ^ a b c d "Marayke Jonkers Swimming Results". Swimming Western Australia. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  12. ^ a b c Marayke Jonkers's profile on Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  13. ^ a b "The Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Sport and Recreation Association of Queensland Inc Newsletter December 2010 - January 2011". Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Sport and Recreation Association of Queensland Inc. Newsletter (Queensland, Australia: Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Sport and Recreation Association of Queensland) X (5). December 2010 – January 2011. Archived from the original on 16 February 2011. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  14. ^ "AIS Roll of Honour for the Paralympics". Australian Sports Commission Website. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  15. ^ "Paralympian wins $10,000 Olympic grant". The Age. 4 September 2007. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  16. ^ "News | APC Corporate". Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  17. ^ Jonkers, Marayke (24 June 2008). "Call for Sporting Dreams Fund Applications". Queensland, Australia: Sporting Wheelies. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  18. ^ "2012 Australia Day Ambassador Program". Australia Day. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 

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