In 1952, he decided to compete at the Antigonish Highland Games, the premier track and field meet in Nova Scotia. His father’s work would not permit him to drive his son to Antigonish. His coach, Al Peppard, who was teaching swimming six days a week, was not able to accompany him either but this did not deter young Donnie. He hitch-hiked to Antigonish, competed in two categories and won four events.
During the mid-fifties, the name of Don Parker was well known in the Maritimes as an excellent sprinter and long jumper. In 1954, he was one of nine Nova Scotians selected to attend the prestigious Olympic Training Plan in Toronto. While there he established his best time in the 100 yard dash of 10 seconds flat. Don also became a valuable member of the Acadia University Track and Field Team.
Although Don is best known for his track and field accomplishments, he was also a versatile athlete, competing in baseball, volleyball and hockey. Don was also well known for his ability as a curler.
Don eventually retired from his position as a Department of National Defense employee at Canadian Forces Base Greenwood. Much of his leisure time was spent at his camp at Lake Alma.
Donald Parker is commended for his contribution and commitment to sport in the Middleton area.