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

  • Brendan Young-Goal

    Brendan, 16, began playing goalball after being inspired by a visit to his school by national goalball representative Ben MacFie, and was invited to a trial session. Since taking up
  • Emily Davison- Ath

    Eighteen-year-old Emily is a talented runner who holds the national open records for 200m, 400m and long jump. Born with cerebral Palsy, Emily has never let anything stand in the
  • Sarah Tait- Wheelc

    The year Sarah, 12, represented Australia at the World Junior championships and won the Gold Coast half marathon.
  • Jacob McCarthy- Te

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



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