Rebekah Tiler is a name that is sweeping the weightlifting networks. Notorious for her ?touch-and-go? style of set-up when lifting, and consistently breaking British records, Rebekah is a 14-year-old
girl with exceptional talent! She has already represented the nation in competition and is pretty well set as the next GB potential.
I?ve been lucky enough to meet Rebekah a few times now, of which she is truly a delight to talk to. Serious on the platform, all smiles off the platform. With tremendous support from the family and coach, it is no surprises to hear that her sisters are also starting to make a name for themselves in the weightlifting world.
Rebekah kindly agreed to answer a few questions, giving some insight on what its like to be a 14 year old rising star in weightlifting. Here?s what she had to say:
Tell us a little about who you are and what you have accomplished so far
My name is Rebekah Tiler I am 14 years of age and live in West Yorkshire. I am with team GB & team England, I have broke 100′s of British records ranging from under 14 to seniors. I am British youth, schools and under 18 champion. I had my first international competition in Sweden this year and broke 47 British records and went on to help team England to victory.
Who is your coach and where do you currently train?
My coach is Eddie Halstead and I train at Mytholmroyd weightlifting club near Halifax West Yorkshire.
How did you get into weightlifting, and at what age?
I started my sporting life as a sprinter and trained as an elite athlete from the age of 9. At the age of 11 I went for testing at the perform centre with Dave Bell. I took up weightlifting to help me to get faster as a sprinter. I had my first weightlifting competition in 2011 at the age of 12, which I won so my weightlifting life went from there.
How do you manage to fit weightlifting in with school life as well?
At the moment I manage my school life well as i don’t get too much homework, I tend to do any homework on my weekends off. This might be more challenging when I start my gcse’s, but I will not let this affect my weightlifting.
Where do you want to see yourself in the years to come?
I would like to become Olympic and world champion one day. I would also like to be an ambassador for weightlifting and make our sport more well known to everyone.
We?ve talked a few times at various competitions, and I know a lot of the female lifters who are competing at the same comps look at you as a bit of an inspiration. How does that feel, and what?s the best advice you could give to your inspired lifters?
I feel honored that other lifters are inspired by me. My advice would be train hard, never give up and listen to your coach.
Who do you look up to as your inspiration?
I am inspired by other great athletes who have achieved what I hope to achieve one day.
We spoke about your sister recently taking up weightlifting. Should we expect to see another star in the rising? Hopefully at a different weight category so you can both lead the way in female lifting for GB.
My two younger sisters are on the same program as myself, so hopefully they too will be as successful as I am in the future as they are both British schools champions as well.
Zoe Smith currently holds the British record in the clean and jerk. Should she be worried that this could be yours in the near future along with the hundreds of other records your posses?
Yes Zoe Smith should be prepared for me to take her clean and jerk record along with others in the near future.
Any final words you wish to add?
I would like to thank everyone who has supported and coached me in the past and present, which has made me who I am today.
I would like to thank Rebekah for taking the time to answer our questions. We at UK Olympic Weightlifting wish the very best in her future career and look forward to seeing her compete once again. Please check out Rebekah?s YouTube channel to see some of her amazing lifts so far, and even connect with her on Twitter. No doubt there will be future updates on Rebekah?s progression, so stay tuned.