Yahye getting ready to go zip lining with a yellow helmet on and harness being put on!
Each Thursday we want to put the spotlight on a person involved with goalball – from players, officials, coaches, or anyone!

This week we caught up with Yahye Siyad!

What club do you play for or coach?

I play for London Elephants.

Yahye Siyad wearing his London Elephants jersey holding his Intermediate Trophy top goalscorer trophy!

How did you discover goalball?

I first played goalball back in 1998 when I was 15 and at a blind school in Bahrain in the Middle East. I then became seriously interested in the sport while I was studying at the RNIB College in Loughborough. When I moved to London to go to university, as well as continue to play, I co-established an official charity for goalball. I competed for GB for a few years including at the European Championships in 2008.

I retired in 2011 and shortly afterwards moved to Dubai. When I returned to London in September 2021, I decided to get back involved with goalball to regain a bit of fitness, so I joined the London Elephants. After only a few training sessions with them, I decided to test myself in a competitive environment – the Intermediate Trophy. A really big thank you to Russ Sparkes, our coach, for pushing me. I didn’t think I could still perform to a bit of my previous level, let alone by the top male goal scorer and play every second of all 6 games in just over 24 hours!

Is there a particular song, artist or genre that you listen to before a tournament to get in the mood? Or anything you’re loving at the moment?

No, I’m afraid my taste is somewhat boring and non-artistic. I tend to listen to scientific podcasts and documentaries as well as follow the news of Arsenal Football Club and the Premiership.

Yahye Sayid professional looking photo with him wearing a dark blue blazer and lighter buttoned top.

Do you have any pre-game superstitions or rituals?

Since I am religious and spiritual, I perform prayers before each game.

Do you have a favourite post-match meal?

Oh yeah, plenty of nuts, bananas, coffee and cereal bars.

Yahye Sayid standing for a photo in Switzerland with a church behind him with people walking past.

Which goalball player do you admire the most and why?

I don’t have any particular person, but I really admire any player who is willing to push themselves to their absolute best. Basically, players with fighting spirit.

Outside of goalball, what other hobbies/sports do you do?

I am an avid traveller and love meeting new people and engaging in new and extreme adventures. I also enjoy watching quizzes and a bit of stand-up comedy to lighten up the mood. I am generally into self-help and leadership books plus motivational talks.

Kathryn Fielding and Yahye Sayid standing together on the top level of the Burj Khalifa, blue skies for days!

Finally, what place, anywhere in the world, is on your bucket list to visit and why?

I am lucky enough to have visited over 50 countries around the world. So, most of my list has been completed but I have some fascination with Japan and Singapore because of their work ethic and positive mindset in finding creative solutions. I would love to visit South America for a bit of adventure and Iceland for its amazing nature landscape.

To check out the rest of the articles from our ‘Featured Thursday’ series please use the following link Goalball UK – Featured Thursday