Shot put was one of Don’s six events – in addition to the pentathlon

Don Elgin was gregarious, loud and brash. And exceptionally dedicated and hard working. At the Sydney summer Paralympics, he won bronze in one of the toughest events, the pentathlon. He also competed in almost every other athletics event available in his class, from the 100m through to throws events, possibly one of the most daunting schedules of any athlete at the Games. For the throws events, like other Australia leg amputees, used a special prosthesis with a short foot that facilitated balance and rotational movement across the throwing circle. The 2000 Games showed significant technical equipment innovations across a full range of sports.