Paralympian, Larrikin, Leadership Speaker
Don Elgin is a Paralympian who is well known and much loved for his larrikin, down-to-earth nature and highly respected for his many achievements on and off the field. He represented Australia in the athletics at four World Championships, three Paralympic Games, two World Cups and a Commonwealth Games.
A country boy from Victoria, Don was born without the lower half of his left leg but this didn't stop him from developing a passion for sport. He first represented his country at the age of 18 then spent twenty years as an elite athlete, coming out of retirement to compete in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and making the final in the Discus.
These days Don travels the world as a sought-after motivational and after-dinner speaker whose positive approach to life appeals to all audiences and ages. Don takes his audiences behind the scenes of his extraordinary journey from little bush battler to world-beater and shares his real-life practical strategies to get the most from every day.
Don is also the founder and director of StarAmp Global, a boutique company managing some of Australia's finest amputee talent.
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.
A true leader, Don was the Australian flag bearer at the 2006 World championships and went on to become the Track and Field team manager for the Australian team at London 2012 Paralympic games before competing at Glasgow.
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. He was the inaugural patron of Disability Professionals Victoria. He is also 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.