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Don Elgin appearing on Enough Rope with Andrew Denton

Don Elgin was raised in the NSW town of Tocumwal. Being born without the lower portion of his left leg was not a barrier for this boy who would make his first Australian team at 18 years of age.

Don went to the 1994 International Paralympic Committee World Athletic Championships in Berlin, where he won a gold medal as part of the 4x100m relay team. Following this event Don’s focus moved from the sprint events to the Pentathlon – five events: long jump, shot put, 100m, discus and 400m.

Don held a Victorian Institute of Sport Scholarship for 12 years. He competed in the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games where he won bronze in the Pentathlon.

Don continued to train towards his ultimate goal of being number one in the world, in the below knee amputee Pentathlon.

He moved a step closer to his goal when he finished with a Silver medal at the 2002 IPC World Athletic Championships.

In 2004 Don became a triple Paralympic medalist with one silver medal in the 4x400m relay and two bronze medals one in the Pentathlon and one in the 4×100 at the Athens Paralympic Games.

After 2004 Don transferred the skills he learnt as an athlete and applied them to business,  establishing StarAmp Global.  ” 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”. Combined with Don’s professional career as a motivational speaker, the business flourished and now represents several current, and future, Word and Olympic champions. With a penchant for success Don took things a step further in 2012 when he took over the role as the team manager for the Australian Paralympic Athletics Team in London.

Not one to ever shy away from a challenge, Don decided to come out of retirement and set his sights on representing Australia in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. At 38 it was always going to be a big ask, but Don is renowned for that fighting spirit and leaving it until just the last minute, Don achieved his goal and qualified for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014.  Achieving his goal of making top 8 Don continues to inspire his family, athletes and those around him to believe that anything really is possible.

Away from business Don is a proud husband & father, his three daughters and his son are his inspiration to continue to get the get the most out of life.

Fast Facts

Born: 19 December 1975

Nickname: Donnie

Grew Up in: Donald, NSW

Married: In 1993

Number of Children: 4

Number of legs: 1.5

Favourite Things

Sport: AFL Football (Hawthorn)

Movie: Slumdon Millionaire

Food: Potatoes & Bread

School Subject: Physical Education

Book: Shantaram

Colour: Black

TV Show: Friday Night Footy

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