Leeds Beckett Rising Star - Beckett Sportsman of the Year Alex Yee
LBU Athletics wonder kid Alex Yee burst onto the Beckett scene this year after overcoming a tremendous amount of adversity in the last 12 months.
In June 2017, Alex suffered a horrendous bike crash during an ITU Triathlon World Cup event in Italy, which left him with broken ribs, a broken vertebrae and a collapsed lung.
The crash left Alex unable to train and with a long road to recovery, but the 18-year-old worked as hard as he could and got back out on track later that year
Prior to his crash, Alex was breaking every record going including the British Junior 5,000m time (13:37.60) - a record that had not been beaten since 1981.
Life at Leeds Beckett
After his crash, Alex had his sights set on his first year at Leeds Beckett and has already made his meteoric rise to the top of athletics at the university.
Last week Alex was nominated as Leeds Beckett’s Sportsman of the Year on the back of a set of stunning performances – including a phenomenal effort winning his first ever BUCS 10k event.
At the start of the race, Alex suffered a torn spike in his running shoe leading to a nasty gash and heavy blood loss – with the spike going through the bottom of his shoe.
Alex would have been forgiven for taking it easy and pulling out of the race – but instead he went on to win.
The BUCS 10k was only the start for Alex and he has gone on to win multiple events this year. His latest victory coming last weekend in the BUCS Triathlon Sprint Championships with Alex adding another Gold to his tally for the year.
Alex’s BUCS Triathlon victory came on the same weekend Beckett earned success at the BUCS Athletics Outdoor Championships.
The event saw Leah Barrow claim Bronze in the Women’s 800m event whilst Trevor Alexanderson finished 4th in the long jump and there was another 4th place finish for Beckett’s Women’s 4x4 relay.
What’s next for Alex?
The Kent Cross Country club runner has been widely tipped to become a future British Olympian by Mo Farah.
Leeds Beckett’s Head of Athletics Andy Henderson also believes the future is bright for Alex and believes Tokyo 2020 could be a realistic goal for the youngster.
“I wouldn’t rule Alex out of making it – he is a highly talented athlete that is capable of becoming a true World Class runner or Triathlete.”
For the meantime, Alex has set his sights set on the upcoming 10,000m European Cup in London on 19th May and Andy expects Alex will make a special performance in the event.
“I certainly wouldn’t write him off from getting a medal at the Euro’s. He’s really fit and healthy at the moment and he’s put himself amongst the best out there – it’s up to him how he performs but I’m expecting him to keep up his hard-work.”
The event will see Alex earn his first ever senior National Vest for his country and will test himself against the very best that the continent has to offer.
Best of luck Alex for the European 10,000m and for the future!