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

  • Olga Itsenko-Mahle

    Olga, 28, learned about goalball in Ukraine and came to Australia just as a social goalball competition was starting up in Cairns. Olga competed at her first Goalball State Championships
  • Emily Fielding- Ta

    Emily  is a role model for all, competing against able-bodied athletes despite being born without her lower arm. Her greatest achievement is being undefeated in the primary schools competition.
  • Brighde Judge Mear

    Brighde has been competing for fours years and this year broke the national record in the 400m at the QLD AWD State Championships.
  • Mason Ollerenshaw-

    Mason, who has mild cerebral palsy, was selected to represent QLD and competed at the Australian Youth Games in 2009 in Melbourne. More impressively, the school boy was also selected



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