About Don Elgin

They don’t come any livelier than the boy from the bush! Entertaining, motivational and an all-around larrikin; Don represented Australia in the athletics at four World Championships, three Paralympic Games, two World Cups and a Commonwealth Games.

Don Elgin was raised in the NSW town of Tocumwal. Being born without the lower portion of his left leg 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.

One of the longest-serving scholarship holders at the Victorian Institute of Sport, Don first represented Australia at the World Championships in Berlin in 1994 winning a Gold and a Bronze, he became a Paralympian in Atlanta in 1996, then in the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games he won bronze in the Pentathlon.

Two years later he finished with two Silver and a Bronze 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 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.

He made a successful return to sport to compete at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. In 2015 Don added author to his credentials releasing his first book called ONE FOOT ON THE PODIUM.

The book won a Silver medal 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards Australia/New Zealand – best regional non-fiction.

Don completed the Kokoda Trail twice and in 2016 released his second book called ONE FOOT BEYOND THE PODIUM.

Dons Sporting Achievements

Personal Records

  • 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

Paralympic Games

  • 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

World Championships

  • 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

Commonwealth Games

  • 2014 – Discus, 8th

Fast Facts

  • 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