Don has competed at national levels in Canada in marathon canoe racing. He has also competed successfully at international levels in whitewater kayaking, sprint kayaking, sprint and long distance outrigger canoeing (OC-1 & OC-6), and dragon boat racing.
Paddling career highlights for Don include competing in the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles in sprint kayaking, and winning a silver medal in the 1992 IVF World Outrigger Sprints in the open men's V1 category (for several decades afterwards, if not longer, this was the best ever finish in this division by a non-Tahitian).
He has coached literally hundreds of paddlers in his distinguished career including the first ever Canadian Women's Dragon Boat crew to win the World Dragonboat Championships in Hong Kong.
In 1985, Don co-founded the False Creek Racing Canoe Club in Vancouver, Canada. A coach and mentor to hundreds of paddlers, Don holds a BA in Exercise Physiology from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada.