‘2015 has been an incredible year for me and I am training harder than ever in preparation for the Olympics. I am looking forward to my remaining competitions this year and am determined to make my mark on the world stage in Rio, 2016.’
Having originally started her sporting career as a sprinter, Rebekah attended a performance centre training session to improve her speed, when her significant strength was noticed by a weightlifting coach. Deciding to try weightlifting instead, Rebekah soon began to make a name for herself as a young girl with superhuman strength and soon after, many records and titles began to come her way.
In 2013 alone, at the tender age of 13, Rebekah became Commonwealth Youth and Junior Champion, European Youth Champion and European Record Holder. Her achievements in
2014 again blew expectations away when she won the British Senior Weightlifting Championships, along with claiming the record for the youngest athlete to ever win a British Seniors Championship.
When she was just 14 she set new European Under-15 records in both the snatch and clean and jerk as she secured three gold medals in the over 63kg category at the championships in Klaipeda. Rebekah also broke 47 British records ranging from Under-23 to Under-14, and is the English senior record holder. Rebekah also became the youngest weightlifter to win a senior women's British title as she took gold in 69kg class in Coventry this year.
In 2015 she has significant competitions in Sweden, the USA and Samoa - demonstrating her need to travel in order to find suitably testing competition! Competing in the 69kg weight category, Rebekah is the youngest female athlete ranked in World top 10, positioned 5th, she is on par with athletes some 3 years older than her, showing her natural talent and maturity within competition. Ultimately all pathways are leading to Rio 2016 with Rebekah’s sights set firmly on adding ‘Olympic Champion’ to her list of titles.
Training & Nutrition
Training for at least 10 hours each week at her local gym in Mytholmroyd, Rebekah manages to maintain her weightlifting status whilst studying her GCSEs at Bingley Grammar school.
Sponsored by Herbalife, she receives quality nutrition support to help fuel her muscles and ensure effective recovery after each training session and competitive event. ‘Nutrition is massively important to me – what you put in your body can make a big difference to performance and I know that I’m going forward to the Olympics with amazing support.’
The road to Rio
Considered one of Britain’s most prospective star athletes, Rebekah Tiler is undoubtedly on the right track to make her mark as an Olympian and is welcoming to chance to shine in Rio next year.
'I believe that with the amazing support I have from my family, my coach and my sponsor, Herbalife, I can become even stronger and excel in my forthcoming competitions. I’m in a great place physically and am prepared to give 100% to help me get to the Olympics. I’m really excited about the future!’
photos Janos Schmidt