Published on 2 December 2014
An inspirational Paralympic swimmer and a world champion longboard surfer have been inducted into the Sunshine Coast Sports Hall of Fame at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Marayke Jonkers of Maroochydore and Josh Constable of Noosa are now featured alongside the region’s most illustrious sporting talent in the Hall of Fame, housed at USC’s Sports Stadium.
More than 100 people attended an induction ceremony on Thursday 27 November that featured video presentations on the achievements of these two outstanding athletes.
Marayke Jonkers, who became a paraplegic in a car accident as an infant, represented Australia at the Paralympic Games in Sydney in 2000, Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008, claiming a silver and two bronze medals along the way.
During a 12-year international swimming career, she broke more than 70 Australian records, won many international medals and was chosen as the Australian flag bearer at the 2010 World Swimming Championships.
Marayke, who holds two USC degrees in Social Sciences and Communication, was also Australia’s first female Paratriathlon competitor and won bronze at the 2010 ITU World Championships.
Josh Constable honed his skills riding waves at the points off Noosa Heads and then emerged as one of Australia’s best ever longboard surfers, claiming a total of six Australian longboard titles.
He competed on the professional circuit for 15 years, winning a host of international events, including the men’s world longboard title in Costa Rica in 2006.
Josh also had the honour of becoming the inaugural Australian stand-up paddle surfing champion.
The Sports Hall of Fame ceremony at USC also featured the presentation of three Certificate of Merit awards to well-known Sunshine Coast identities: Kerry Emery for his contribution to cricket; Cheryl Rodgers for her tireless work in soccer administration; and Kerry Taylor for his contribution to surf lifesaving.
— Terry Walsh