About Don Elgin
They don’t come any livelier than the boy from the bush! Raised in the NSW town of Tocumwal, Don start in life wasn’t exactly smooth sailing. Born without the lower portion of his left leg, his fingers fused together and needing open heart surgery at 3 years of age he was certainly up against the odds from the start.
But that was no barrier for this boy who would make his first Australian team at 18 years of age, become a World Champion and – a staggering 20 years later – represent Australia at the Commonwealth Games.
Entertaining, motivational and an all round larrikin; Don represented Australia in the athletics at four World Championships, three Paralympic Games and two World Cups before retiring in 2008. Not one to shy away from a challenge, Don came out of retirement and made a successful comeback to compete in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
One of the longest serving scholarship holders at the Victorian Institute of Sport, Don competed in the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games, where he won bronze in the Pentathlon. Two years later he finished with a Silver medal at the 2002 IPC World Championships. At the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games he became a triple Paralympic medalist winning one Silver and two Bronze.
As a respected voice on sport both on and off the track, Don commentated at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and appeared on Andrew Denton’s ABC TV show Enough Rope. The inaugural patron of Disability Professionals Victoria, he is a former president of Sandringham Athletics Club and former vice President of The Amputee Association of Victoria. Don is also a founding board member for the Start Foundation and the inaugural ambassador for New Horizons Club, and a current board member for Wallara Australia Ltd.
A natural leader, Don was the Australian flag bearer at the 2006 World championships and went on to become the Australian Track and Field team manager at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
In 2015 Don added author to his credentials releasing his first book called ONE FOOT ON THE PODIUM his book was awarded a Silver medal for best Non Fiction Australia/New Zealand region and in 2016 released his much anticipated second book ONE FOOT BEYOND THE PODIUM. He completed the Kokoda Trail in early 2016 and repeated the feat in 2017 describing it as one of the most humbling and challenging experiences of his life.
Away from the sporting arena Don is talented facilitator with Leading Teams and combining his success as a highly sought-after motivational speaker he works with teams and corporates around Australia to be High Performing Teams. Don is the founder and director of StarAmp Global, a boutique management Company representing some of Australia’s finest amputee talent. Put simply ” I really wanted to ensure that other athletes with similar challenges I faced got the support and encouragement they needed to give them their best chance of success”. That vision has lead to Don representing several current, and future, World and Paralympic champions.
Away from business Don is a proud husband & father, with his three daughters and son the inspiration to continue to get the get the most out of life.
Dons Sporting Achievements
- 100 Metres: 12.22 sec
- 200 Metres: 25.09 sec
- 400 Metres: 59.05 sec
- Long Jump: 5.83m
- Shot Put: 13.39m
- Discus: 41.45m
- Pentathlon: 4,652 pts
- 1996 – Pentathlon 4th, Shot put 14th, Discus 13th
- 2000 – Pentathlon Bronze medal, 100m 11th, 200m 9th, 400m 12th, Long Jump 9th, Shot Put 8th, Discus 11th,
- 2004 – Pentathlon Bronze medal, 4x100m Bronze medal, 400x400m Silver medal
- 1994 – 4x100m Gold medal, High Jump Bronze medal, Shot Put 15th
- 1998 – Pentathlon 4th
- 2002 – Pentathlon Silver medal, 4x100m Silver medal, 4x100m Bronze medal, Long Jump 8th
- 2006 – Pentathlon 6th
- 2014 – Discus, 8th
- Nickname: Donnie
- Birth Place: Donald
- Grew Up in: Tocumwal, NSW
- Married: In 1997
- Number of Children: 4
- Number of legs: 1.5
- Favourite TV Show: Friday Night Footy
- Sport: AFL Football (Hawthorn)
- Person I most want to be like: My son, not a care in the world and the coolest dad on the planet;)
- Celebrity Crush: Rebecca Gibney
- Favourite Movie: Slumdog Millionaire, The Shawshank Redemption, Cocktail
- Favourite Food: Bread
- Favourite guy over 193cm: Justin Tippett
- Best School Subject: Physical Education
- Favourite Book: Shantaram
- Colour: Black