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Marayke Jonkers

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S5, SB3, SM4

Further personal information

Residence
Australia
Occupation
Athlete, Motivational Speaker
Higher education
Social and Behavioral Science, Communications - University of the Sunshine Coast: Australia

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She started swimming as an infant and could already swim the length of the pool unaided at age two. She began competing in state championships at the age of six.
Why this sport?
She says she loves swimming because, living in Queensland, it's a great way to go out and enjoy the sunshine, get a tan and make friends.
Club / Team
Maroochydore Swimming Club: Australia
Training Regime
She trains six days per week, and estimates that she swims 576 kilometres in a year. Her training regime also includes handcycling, weights, massage and physiotherapy.

General interest

Hobbies
Travelling, shopping, handcycling, kayaking and trying out various extreme sports. (graduatecareers.com.au, 2007)
Memorable sporting achievement
Seeing her name on the scoreboard after touching the wall for her first bronze medal at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, and then seeing her family and coach's reaction in the crowd. (marayke.com.au, 30 Dec 2009)
Most influential person in career
Former coach Rob McBroom and her grandparents. (paralympic.org.au, 30 Dec 2009)
Hero / Idol
Australian sports stars Michael Milton, Cathy Freeman, Louise Sauvage and Dawn Fraser. (paralympic.org.au, 30 Dec 2009)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The impossible is just what is yet to be done - impossible is nothing." (paralympic.org.au, 30 Dec 2009)
Awards and honours
In 2007 she was named Cosmopolitan magazine's Fun, Fearless Female of the Year. (paralympic.org.au, 30 Dec 2009)

She was named the Queensland Young Achiever for 2005. (marayke.com, 30 Dec 2009)

She was named Sunshine Coast Outstanding Paralympian for 2004. (marayke.com, 30 Dec 2009)

She was a finalist for Young Australian of the Year in 2001 and 2004. (marayke.com, 30 Dec 2009)
Other sports
She started competing in para-triathlons in 2009. She became Australia's first female medallist in the sport when she won bronze at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary in September 2010. (sunshinecoastdaily.com.au, 15 Sep 2010)

She has competed in the sport of handcycling at a national level and won gold in the road race at the 2006 Australian Championships. (marayke.com.au, 30 Dec 2009)
Ambitions
To become a journalist when she stops competing. (marayke.com, 30 Dec 2009)
Impairment
She was involved in a car accident at the age of eight months, leaving her a paraplegic. (paralympic.org.au, 30 Dec 2009)
Other information
COMMUNITY WORK
In 2007 she used the money she received from winning Cosmopolitan magazine's Fun, Fearless, Female of the Year award to set up the organisation Sporting Dreams, a charity dedicated to helping athletes with disabilities achieve fun, fitness and personal development through sport. (sunshinecoastdaily.com.au, 30 Jun 2008)

MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKING
Her career as a motivational speaker has seen her visit schools, banks, and corporate events, with her talks incorporating her experiences as an elite athlete with a disability. (marayke.com, 30 Dec 2009)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games (Sydney, Australia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Heat 2 2
Women's 150 m Medley SM4 Final Round 6
Women's 150 m Medley SM4 Heat 2 3
Women's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Final Round 4
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 4x50 m Medley 20pts Final Round 7
Women's 4x50 m Medley 20pts Heat 2 4
Women's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Final Round 4
Women's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Final Round 3
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Final Round 2
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Final Round 3
Women's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Heat 2 2
Women's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Final Round 3
Women's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Heat 2 2
IPC Swimming World Championships Mar del Plata 2002 (Mar del Plata, Argentina)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Final Round 2
Women's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Final Round 2
Women's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Heats (SB1-3) 2
Women's 200 m Freestyle S5 Heats 11