Sporting Dreams was started by triple Paralympian Marayke Jonkers to help Queensland athletes with physical disabilities achieve their sporting dreams. We provide funding grants to help purchase equipment like race wheelchairs or hand cycles, even prosthetic limbs for running or cycling. We also help with training and competition costs. Since starting in 2008 we have given over 130 grants to athletes.

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You can help change a life through sport today when you donate to Sporting Dreams


Achieve your own sporting dream as a fundraising challenge for us: Ever wanted to do a fun run, your first triathlon or marathon? Why not raise funds for Sporting Dreams while you do it. We can help you create your own online fundraising page where you share your dream challenge with friends and family and ask them to donate. We will also cheer you on and support you. Contact Marayke to find out more.


Do you want to promote your company and help athletes in the process? Sponsor a sporting Dreams grant and you will have a grant named after your organisation at the annual Sporting Dreams Awards Ceremony. You will also receive recognition on the Sporting Dreams Website and in our newsletter.

Meet Our Athletes

  • Ashley Wardman

    Wanting a team sport that did not involve running or jumping, Ashley found wheelchair basketball. At nearly 16, Ashley has achieved third place in B grade for the 2015 Suncoast Spinners Tournament
  • Jacob McCarthy- Te

    Jacob has an ITF Junior world ranking of 51st. He represented QLD at the Australian Paralympic youth Games in 2009.
  • Claire Keefer- Ath

    Claire, 15, only took up athletics in 2009 and already holds the National open record for discus. She also holds many Junior records.
  • Travis Larkin-Whee

    Travis, 10, started playing wheelchair basketball after being invited to watch a game. He now plays in weekly social competition in Toowoomba and also travels to Brisbane each week to



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