Jeff Downes and Luke Downes are a Father & Son team on The Amazing Race Australia 1.
Despite being 60, Jeff proved to be an adept physical racer, if not a mental one. They would take advantage of the physical nature of the race to make the Final 3, where they went into the jail cell task even with Tyler & Nathan, only to have trouble with both their keys and their choice of doors, dropping them to 3rd.
They've endured a rocky relationship, so can father and son duo Jeff and Luke depend on each other now?
With four children and three grandchildren, 60-year-old Jeff is the oldest competitor on the race, but don't expect him to be a pushover. "We're quite physical," he says. "Even though there's a 28 year age difference I won't be deferring everything physical to him." Luke, 32, agreed to his dad's suggestion to join the race because he saw it as a great opportunity to spend more time together. "My family are important to me but we aren't as close as we used to be," says Luke. Luke's parents split up when he was 15 and father and son lost contact for many years afterwards. "The typical father-son relationship ended at that point. I was angry. He wasn't there for me when I needed him," says Luke. Jeff adds: "There were certainly a lot of trust issues. We had a rocky few years in terms of relating, and not really relating at all. I made a lot of mistakes and I really want to make it up to him." It's only in recent years that Jeff and Luke have begun to repair their relationship. "Now we have a situation where you've got two people who've actively chosen to have a relationship," says Luke. "But as for the level of trust required on this race – our relationship has never gone to that level before." Luke is the middle of three kids for Jeff, who also has a 6-year-old stepson with partner Katherine. Luke himself is a dad to six-year-old Tyler - his proudest achievement. Jeff has lived and worked overseas in corporate consulting in Singapore, Greece, India and Thailand. Luke grew up in Melbourne and now runs his own landscaping business on the Gold Coast. Will problems arise with their very different approaches to the race? "I don't just dive into things. I'm quite calculated and precise about how I do things," says Luke. But Jeff admits his outlook is the opposite. "My style is probably a bit more excitable. I'm a doer so I'm learning while I'm doing," he says.
Since the Amazing Race, Jeff Downes has established himself as a speaker, facilitator and corporate consultant.
The Amazing Race Australia 1
|Jeff & Luke's Race History|
|Episode||Leg||Destination(s)|| Detour Choice|
|1||1||Australia → Indonesia||Cash / Carry||Jeff||4 of 11|
|2||2||Indonesia → Vietnam||Carry Fowl / Carabao||Luke||4 of 11|
|3||3||Vietnam → Hong Kong → Macau||Lion Dance / Kung Fu Stance||Luke||6 of 10|
|4||4||Macau → South Africa||Smash / Bash||Jeff||4 of 9|
|5||5||South Africa||Guns / Rosé||Jeff||3 of 8|
|6||6||South Africa → The Netherlands → Czech Republic||Chivalry / Delivery||Luke||3 of 7|
|7||7||Czech Republic||Stack Up / Stack In||Luke||3 of 6|
|8||8||Czech Republic → Poland||Herd / Hoe Down||Luke||1 of 6|
|9||9||Poland → Israel||Find Unseen / Make 13||Jeff||2 of 5|
|10||10||Israel||Pilgrim's Trail / Holy Grail||Jeff||2 of 4|
|11||11||Israel → Sri Lanka||Count / Carry||Jeff||3 of 4|||
|12||12||Sri Lanka → Singapore → Australia||Dare / Stair||Luke||3 of 3|
- First father/son team to make the final three.
- Oldest age average of a team to finish the race in 3rd place, 46.
- Geoff Shearer at The Courier-Mail (07/11/2011): "Amazing effect of race on family ties"
Social Media Profiles
- Jeff's Facebook: /JeffDownesOnline
|The Amazing Race Australia 1 Teams|