Don Elgin

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Don Elgin
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2000 Australian Paralympic Team portrait of Elgin
Personal information
Full name Donald James William Elgin
Nationality  Australia
Born (1975-12-19) 19 December 1975 (age 39)
Donald, Victoria
Height 178 centimetres (70 in)
Weight 80 kilograms (180 lb)
Sport
Club Sandringham
Australian athlete Don Elgin receives support from an official at the completion of one of the events in the pentathlon at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games

Donald "Don" James William Elgin[1] (born 19 December 1975) is an Australian Paralympic amputee athlete who won four medals at three Paralympics.

Personal[edit]

Close up of Elgin looking upwards during track competition at the 2000 Summer Paralympics

Elgin was born on 19 December 1975 in the Victorian town of Donald.[1][2] He was born without a left leg and a left thumb, with small toes, and webbed fingers on both hands; his malformed left foot was amputated shortly after he was born and he had open heart surgery at the age of three.[3][4] He was raised in the New South Wales town of Tocumwal,[1] and competed in athletics and swimming as a teenager.[2] He lives in Melbourne with his wife, three daughters and a son.[1][2] He is the Founder and Managing Director of StarAmp Global, a boutique management company that specialises in managing and supporting paralympic competitors.[5][6] He also works as a motivational speaker both in Australia and around the world.[7]

Sports career[edit]

Elgin competing in the pentathlon at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games
Elgin throwing the shot put at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics

It started off in 1990. I went along to the NSW [New South Wales] amputee championships. It was the first time I had been exposed to a group of people who were missing bits. Missing arms, missing legs. My first reaction was Wow! Have a look at this, it’s like freak show, all these people! Then about half an hour into it, it dawned on me that these people were just like me. Here was this level playing field I suppose I wanted and desired so much.

Don Elgin [4]

Elgin first participated in sports for people with disabilities at the 1990 New South Wales Amputee Championships.[4] His first international competition was the 1994 IPC Athletics World Championships in Berlin, where he won a gold medal in the 4x100 m relay and a bronze medal in the high jump.[2] He participated without winning any medals at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics[8] and came fourth in the pentathlon At the 1998 IPC Athletics World Championships in Birmingham.[2] At the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, he won a bronze medal in the Men's Pentathlon P44 event.[8] At the 2002 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lille, he won two silver medals in the pentathlon and 4x400 m relay and a bronze medal in the 4x100 m relay.[2] At the 2004 Athens Paralympics, he won a silver medal in the Men's 4x400 m T42–46 event and two bronze medals in the Men's 4x100 m T42–46 and Men's Pentathlon P44 events.[8] He came sixth in the pentathlon at the 2006 IPC Athletics World Championships, and commentated at that year's Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.[2][9] He was coached by Roy Boyd, Cath Woodruff, John Eden, De Jennings, and Peter Negropontis. He held a scholarship from the Victorian Institute of Sport for 12 years.[1] He is the team manager for the Australian Paralympic Athletics Team.[1]

Recognition[edit]

In 2000, Elgin received an Australian Sports Medal for "service to amputee sport", in particular "development of junior athletes and track and field".[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Biography". Don Elgin's Website. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Athlete Profile: Don Elgin". Athletics Australia. 2011. Archived from the original on 16 October 2009. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Don Elgin FAQs". Don Elgin's Website. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "Blade Runner". Catalyst. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 31 July 2008. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "About". StarAmp Global. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Olympic Year". StarAmp Global. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Corporate events". Don Elgin's website. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c "Athlete Search Results". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "Don Elgin". StarAmp Global. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  10. ^ "Elgin, Donald: Australian Sports Medal". It's an Honour. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 

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