STAWELL - They don't come any livelier than the boy from the bush that took on the world.
Entertaining, motivational and an all round larrikin World Champion Triple Paralympic medallist Don Elgin will speak on behalf of the Stawell Australian Christian Churches and community youth group 'Ignite' this Saturday.
Elgin will speak at the Band Hall on the corner of Wakeham and Sloane Streets from 10am. There will be a $2 sausage sizzle available and refreshments served after the event at 11am.
Elgin represented Australia at four World Championships and three Paralympic Games over 14 years. He was a triple paralympic medalist at Athens in 2004.
Being born without the lower portion of his left leg was no barrier for Elgin who made his first Australian team at 18 years of age.
Don went to the 1994 World 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.
The pentathlon is made up of five events, long jump, shot put, 100m, discus and 400m. To be successful, an athlete must posses extraordinary discipline, focus and balance of strength and speed.
One of the longest serving scholarship holders at the Victorian Institute of Sport, Elgin competed in the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games where he won bronze in the pentathlon.
In pursuit of his ultimate goal of being number one in the world in the below knee amputee pentathlon Don moved a step closer when he finished with a silver medal at the 2002 IPC World Championships.
Elgin became a triple paralympic medallist at the Athens paralympic games winning one silver and two bronze.
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 television show Enough Rope.
He was the inaugural patron of Disability Professionals Victoria and Limbs4life.
He is also a former president of Sandringham Athletics Club and former vice president of The Amputee Association of Victoria.
A true leader, Don was honoured to lead the Australian team as the flag bearer at the 2006 World Championships.
Continuing the leadership responsibilities after stepping away from competitive competition, Don was track and field team manager for the Australian team at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Away from the sporting arena Don is a husband and proud father of four children.
Elgin is the founder and director of StarAmp Global, a boutique management business managing some of Australia's finest talent.
Don is the creator of The Star, an empowering self-esteem program highly regarded in the education system.
With a fire in his belly and a belief that people should seize every opportunity, Don is back in training with the 2014 Commonwealth Games firmly in his sights.
For further details contact Shaz on 0417 131 423.