- For the first 14 years of Don Elgin’s life was in and out of hospital, when he wasn’t having surgery he was playing sport.
- Founded the world’s first amputee management company, managing many of Australia’s top Paralympians.
- Co-authored the book Success is a Choice.
- Was Team Manager for the Australian Paralympic athletics team for London 2012, flag bearer at the 2006 World Games and commentator at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
- Father of four, Don lives by his motto, 'if you can’t win, make the person in front break the record'.
- Achieving against the odds
- Amputee association
- Preparation for success
- The key to setting and attaining goals
- Success strategies
- The importance and power of a positive attitude
- Managing expectation and overcoming adversity
- Team building from the sports field to the boardroom
- Embracing changes and building morale in the work place
- Living a full and happy life
- Appreciating team dynamics
Feedback from guests was the Don was great – very entertaining yet with a great message.
This is the second time we have booked Don to MC our event. He is professional and a pleasure to work with and we have always received great feedback from both internal and external stakeholders.
I wish we’d had more time to have more of Don. He lifted the mood of the room as soon as he spoke, telling terrific, authentic, stories about his childhood. He challenged us all to redefine what we think of as “normal” and has inspired me to encourage “too many” people to get involved in driving a more inclusive community.
National Australia Bank
Don was great. He was just what we were looking for and his presentation was enjoyed by ALL in attendance at our team day. He is an inspirational person who has so much to offer. We look forward to his new book that is being released soon.
I have observed Don first hand on a number of occasions and I admire the way in which he can amuse, inspire and challenge his audience. I would have no hesitation in highly recommending Don for any speaking engagement.
Athlete Services Manager
Victorian Institute of Sport
Now you realise why Don is one of our team leaders, a bloody important part of our team.
Head Coach, Australian Track and Field Team
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games
Don is an exceptional and intelligent speaker who draws heavily on his own background and experience as a Paralympic champion to inspire and motivate.
Australian Paralympic Committee
I have heard many speakers, both professional and ‘hobbyists’ in the twenty-seven years I have been working. Don Elgin is one of only a few speakers who have left me with lasting impressions. Don’s presentation’s are of the highest standard in quantity and quality.
Don gives you the feeling that you can do it – get off your bum and get stuck in.
Fantastic presentation, something that all our students would have benefited from, not just the athletics team.
Mentone Girls Grammar
Don is a great communicator with a personable nature that really enthuses his audience. Don has always managed to be able to target his presentation exactly at the audience and get rave reviews, and subsequent bookings afterwards.
Don is a very entertaining and inspirational speaker who appeals to a wide audience. I have received excellent feedback from every speaking engagement that he has performed for us. He adapted his presentations very well depending on the situation and our requirements.
Excellent. Don has a very endearing and approachable manner. He also managed to weave in our conference message into his talk. A very inspiring speaker.
SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals
Excellent. Wonderful speaker, extremely well received.
Excellent. Most inspirational speaker, he made the night unforgettable.
Don spoke very well and was very entertaining. He has a fantastic story and is a great inspiration and motivator.
Excellent. Don Elgin was an excellent choice for our audience of 190 Building Professionals and partners. In tracing the last ten years Don showed that he had courage and determination to succeed. An excellent role model. Thanks Don for an excellent talk.
Australian Institute of Building (Victoria)
Don was an outstanding success. His bright, engaging personality, and natural sense of humour meant that staff could relate to him. Don is an ordinary person with an extraordinary story. Don is certainly entertaining, but more than that, he is positively inspirational.
Excellent. Don was very personable, able and willing to deal with people from Director level to young trainees. His performance had the audience in raptures and offered a range of emotions from laughter to poignant comment.
Melbourne East Group Training (MEGT)
Everyone thought Don was fantastic, inspirational, and some people said that what he spoke about couldn’t have been put better. He was sensational and a pleasure to listen to. He was rated as one of the ‘favourite’ presenters of the day. Please pass on our thanks to him.
The Investors Club®
I thought Don was the perfect choice and I wasn't disappointed. He doesn't just inspire you for the hour he speaks, he leaves you with a lasting impression that I know will last a lifetime.
Nillumbik Shire Council
Don was engaging, honest and most of all down to earth in his approach and delivery. He certainly showed the audience what we are capable of and to the topic of leadership which is what we asked Don to reflect, he inspired our staff to show that if you do set your mind to it, you can achieve anything.
Donny is always a treat. The staff at the Southbank Institute of Technology staff conference loved his story, vision and inspiring words. Donny kept our staff laughing and is very engaging. Donny’s presentation was delivered at a personal level, his story and inspiring words will be reflected upon by all our staff for a long time.
Southbank Institute of Technology
Don was a fantastic opening speaker. He has a positive approach dealing with life issues of every sort. The presentation was well structured and delivered at a level that every one attending could relate to.
Association of Wall and Ceiling Industries