Al Jefferson is an experienced multi-sport athlete who discovered a passion for RAAM after playing a strategic support crew role in the Team Australia 2015 campaign and as a Team Australia Rider in 2017. He has a reputation in the triathlon community as a fierce competitor and with good reason. His list of Ironman races is endless, qualifying and competing in the Ironman World Championships at Kona 8 times. His time trialling prowess is something to behold and will be invaluable across the challenging Kansas plains. Al resides in Townsville, tropical Far North Queensland. The NZ born helicopter rescue crewman will provide experience and plenty of speed for 2022's Race Across America.
Allan is raising funds to promote good mental health for emergency and frontline workers with all contributions going to Selectability, a not-for-profit organisation committed to improving mental wellbeing and preventing suicide. Selectability runs Bike Sheds where people can connect, work on projects, join in group bike rides and improve their mental wellbeing in Townsville, Ingham, Charters Towers and Mackay, with more coming soon.
Team Jefferson will have 8 dedidcated team members and will be joined by hundreds of other riders and support crews in 2022. The Race starts off from Oceanside, California and ends some 5000 km’s later at Annapolis, Maryland.
RAAM is an outstanding platform for raising money for charitable causes.
Having over 10 years’ experience as a Rescue Crew Officer with QGAir Helicopter Rescue, I have seen first hand how the effects that the challenging environment emergency services workers face can be an underlying cause for PTSD, depression, anxiety and suicide.
Emergency Services, Health workers and volunteers are always there for the community; so I am asking for your help in raising funds to promote the awareness of the benefits of Good Mental Health because I think it’s important that we all join together to help take care of our Frontline Emergency Service workers.