We take a look at Alex Yee’s parents, ethnicity and girlfriend after the triathlete won Team GB’s first gold medal of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Alex Yee is a British professional triathlete and distance runner who won the silver medal in the Men’s Triathlon at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and the gold medal in the Triathlon Mixed Relay at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The achievements landed him an MBE in the 2022 New Year’s Honours. On 29 July, the 24 year-old went one better by winning gold in the Men’s Triathlon at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
He finished 13 seconds ahead of New Zealander Hayden Wilde who received a controversial ten second time penalty during the race.
His early life and studies
Yee was born in Lewisham, London on 18 February 1998. He went on to complete his A levels at Kingsdale Foundation School in West Dulwich and then went on to study for a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science at Leeds Beckett University.
Alex Yee’s parents and ethnicity
Alex Yee is close to his parents and often shares photos of them online. Alex Yee’s father is Ron Yee, however, his mother’s name is not known.
Alex is bi-racial as his mother is British and his dad has Asian heritage. On 26 February he shared a photo of his parents with the caption: ‘This is family business.’
His relationship with his grandparents
Alex Yee is also close with his grandparents. His grandfather recently celebrated his 90th birthday and joined Alex for a run:
However, his grandmother fell ill and passed away shortly after Christmas. Speaking about how passing his driving test allowed him to spend quality time with her before she passed, he told The Mirror: “It wasn’t until I passed that I really appreciated how much freedom I had and the things that I couldn’t do before.
“Even little things like, when my grandma was really unwell, the fact that I could just go in the car as soon as my mum gave me a phone call to see her for a few hours while she was alive. I wouldn’t be able to do without it so I really owe a lot to that kind of freedom.”
Alex Yee and girlfriend Olivia move into new home
Alex Yee’s girlfriend is Olivia Mathias, who is also a GB Triathlete.
Olivia represented Wales in 2018 at the Commonwealth Games at only 19 years old, and was the youngest member of the Team Wales Triathlon team, She currently trains at Loughborough Triathlon High Performance Squad under the guidance of Adam Elliot.
Her and Alex have been together for six years, and recently moved into together in a new home in Loughborough.
‘Home owners!!!’ Alex wrote on Instagram. ‘Probably the most stressful period of my life complete. Luckily the Peugeot and my back were up to the task. Can’t wait for what’s to come. Thank you all x’.
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