Alex Yee is a member of the UK Sport World Class Lottery Funded British triathlon squad based in Leeds. As well as representing Great Britain in triathlon, he has represented Great Britain at senior level in athletics, including running the 10,000m at the 2018 European Championships.
Alex's transition from exciting junior prospect to the U23 ranks appeared to be halted by a horrific mid-race crash at an ITU World Cup event in Italy in 2017. However, a winter of rehab and hard work saw him achieve a remarkable 10,000m run time of 27:51.94 in May 2018 and secure selection for the GB Athletics team at the European senior championships in August.
In September 2018 he raced at the ITU World Triathlon Championships on the Gold Coast, finishing 10th in the U23 event – his first Olympic distance race. In his next race, one week later, he won his first senior ITU World Cup medal in China.
It was in March 2019 where Yee took a stunning silver medal on his World Triathlon Series debut in Abu Dhabi. 2019 continued to be a successful year with Alex featuring in British Mixed Relay teams that won gold in Nottingham and silver in Tokyo. He also triumphed individually, taking gold earlier in the year at the Cape Town Discovery Triathlon World Cup.
Alex’s strength is firmly the run. Increasingly, he is developing tactical awareness, skill and ability on the bike, which will help him get into the right position to unleash his run speed at the end of a triathlon race.
At the age of eight, Alex took part in a Kids of Steel Triathlon and enjoyed it so much that it followed his father, Ron, into the sport. When his local club set up a junior section, he went along to the first session and has continued since. He is still a member of the Crystal Palace club, but now trains at the Leeds Triathlon Centre and attends Leeds Beckett University.
His younger brother and sister also both compete in triathlon. His father was a competitive shooter in his years in the army and also won the BUCS championships. Alex's father is Chinese, which is where the surname, Yee originates from.
In November 2016, Alex received Sports Aid's One-to-Watch Award from Olympic hero, Mo Farah CBE. Alex is currently running a faster 5,000m time than Mo was at the same age, but says his future lies in triathlon.