Yee’s Got Head Start In Football Stakes
He’s a triple world record holder – but you couldn’t say Yee Ming Low has let success go to his head…
The University of Derby student is proving a YouTube sensation for his soccer skills which have landed him in the record books.
The Malaysian teenager holds the world record for the longest distance travelled on foot while balancing a football on his head – 11.129km.
He also holds two other records: Fastest mile while balancing a football on the head (for eight minutes), and the fastest 100m while balancing a football on the head (23 seconds).
And the 19-year-old, who is studying a BA (Hons) Business and Management degree, has vowed to do everything he can to support the University’s Team Derby brand which is promoting sporting excellence among staff and students.
Yee took a gap year before joining Derby to concentrate on breaking football skill records using his talent.
Previously, in 2007, he travelled 6,000 miles from his home in Selengor, to the UK to study on a football diploma at Manchester Metropolitan University and Newcastle Under Lyme College. In that time he got to take part in a training session with Manchester United stars Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs.
Yee broke the football head balancing record on August 21, 2009, at the MPSJ Stadium in Malaysia, completing more than 111 100m runs consecutively.
Yee said: “I only took up football at the age of 11. I just love a challenge and whenever I practice I just try to keep a clear head and concentrate. After 30 minutes or so, the head and neck can go numb so I have to concentrate very hard.”
He is enjoying his course and was attracted by the subject mix on offer at Derby and is looking towards a career in business when he completes his degree. He is currently living in halls of residence in the city.
University of Derby Sports Development Manager Ollie Shearer said: “It’s great to find such sporting talent at the institution.
“Team Derby is all about supporting our students to play, compete and excel at sport. Yee is a fantastic talent and exciting to watch and we hope to encourage more students to share their skills and become a part of Team Derby.”
Check out Yee’s skills on YouTube at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVN1gLJHSQA
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