Don Elgin is a transtibial amputee. Over the last 12 years he has represented Australia at three Paralympics and three International Paralympic Committee World Championships. In the system used for classifying athletes in disabled sports, Don competes in the T44 Amputee (single below-knee amputee) class. Born with a stump below his left knee, his fingers webbed together and no thumb on his left hand, he was encouraged by his parents to be active and pursue his inclination to sporting excellence. The child's prosthetic leg he donated is emblematic of the fact that Don was born disabled. The 1993 prosthesis is part of the story of his entry into the world of elite competition, while the legs he wore in Atlanta and Athens mark his struggle to be the best in the world. At Atlanta Don placed fourth and at Athens he won the bronze medal for the second consecutive Paralympics (he also placed third in the Pentathlon at the 2000 Paralympics in Sydney).

Don's story, as told in interviews recorded with him by Adrian Regan for Museum Victoria, demonstrates his drive to achieve at the highest level, and his refusal to accept that his disability might restrict his ability to do so.

Don won a silver medal for the Pentathlon at the 2002 International Paralympic Committee World Championships, his best individual result in an international competition. In 2014 he came out of retirement to compete in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, making the discus final.

Don has other involvement in sport too. He commentated at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and has held pivitol roles inncluding presidency of the Sandringham Athletics Club and inaugural patron of Disability Professionals Victoria.

Don shares a website with his friend and fellow Paralympian, Tim Matthews, where they advertise their services as speakers and briefly tell their life stories.


Tim Matthews and Don Elgin web site, accessed 1 Dec 2006

Celebrity Speakers, accessed 4 Jan 2018


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