Inspiration: Rebekah Tiler, 15yr old Olympic weightlifter
This is Rebekah Tiler. She’s 15, and has been competing in Olympic weightlifting since she was 11. By 2013 (when she was just 14), she’d broken almost 50 British records at the Tri-nations championships, held in Sweden.
Rebekah is headed for the 2016 Rio Olympics, and further to the 2020 Olympic games. Her coach, Eddie Halstead, first saw Rebekah at a “kiddies’ competition in the North-East” and thinks she is definitely in with a chance for a medal at the 2020 games. “She’s the best talent I’ve seen in a very long time,” says Halstead. It’s obvious Great Britain agrees, as there are plenty of videos, news articles and stories boasting about Rebekah and her journey.
Earlier this month, Rebekah competed at the European Youth Championships in Poland, where she had to compete is the under-17 69kg category as there was no under-15 category. She won the snatch with a 93kg lift, won a silver for a 115kg clean and jerk and won silver overall.
“It doesn’t matter what people think about you,” says Tiler.
I personally think Rebekah is so inspiring as it would have taken serious guts to so wholeheartedly pursue a sport that would seem a little bit crazy to others her age/gender. By doing so though, she has inspired her family to join in, and given the sport a boost across Great Britain and beyond.