Born without the lower half of his left leg, young Don Elgin never considered himself disabled until he was in high school – and even then, he had to be convinced. His story, of a boy from the bush who battled the odds and finally stepped onto the podium as a medallist at the Sydney Paralympics, is one of absolute inspiration. Driven by an inherited sense of grit, determination and pure guts, Don overcomes an abundance of obstacles to rise to the top of the sporting heap. His life’s philosophy tells us that success is not a birthright – it’s earned.
Don Elgin: One Foot On The Podium is not just the rags-to-riches story of a poor disabled boy who becomes an elite athlete. It’s a tell-all tale laced with his natural humour and just enough larrikinism to make him loveable. The way Don tells his story is the reason he’s one of the most entertaining and engaging speakers on the Australian circuit today.
About the author
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.
Don went to the 1994 IPC 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.
Competing in the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games he won bronze in the Pentathlon. Don won a Silver medal at the 2002 IPC World Athletic Championships. In 2004 Don became a triple Paralympic medalist the Athens Paralympic Games.
A business leader Don established StarAmp Global, a boutique management company managing only amputees the first of it’s kind in the world. Don’s desire to help others saw him become team manager for the Australian Paralympic Athletics Team in London 2012.
Away from sport Don is an in demand motivational speaker, he 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.
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