Interview With Rio 2016 Olympian: Rebekah Tiler

Lifting Times was lucky enough to have an interview with Rio Olympian, Rebekah Tiler just before she went off to compete at the summer games. The interview originally appeared in our digital magazine and now we want to share it far and wide!

Rebekah was originally a sprinter and only first began lifting just over 4 years ago. Since then she has won numerous British titles and represented the country on several occasions. Her latest international comp being the European Senior Championships in Forde, Norway where she took Bronze medal in the Snatch, Clean & Jerk and total. She represented GB at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Her current bests are 102kg Snatch and 127kg in the Clean and Jerk in the 69kg body-weight class. She holds all British records in the 69kg class from Under 15 right up to senior level!

What was it like to hear you’ve been selected to represent GB at the Rio Summer Olympics?
Amazing! All that hard work, it’s been worth it. And achieving this at 17 is a dream come true. When I was collecting the kit it was fantastic to see all the GB athletes, a very fun but long day.

What do you think are the top three attributes that have got you to where you are today?
- Support; that’s from coaches, family, UK Sport and just everyone really, they’ve all been a great help in getting me to the Olympics so thank you very much!
- Hard work and always putting in my 100%; whatever that was at the time.
- Enjoying it, if you don’t enjoy it you wont give it your all, so that’s been key for me.

Who has been your biggest inspiration and why?
My coach Eddie Halstead. He’s got me to where I am today. He’s a brilliant coach, motivator and makes the sessions fun. I’m also very motivated to chase his best of 125kg Snatch & 160kg Clean & Jerk!

What’s your favourite exercise and why?
Clean and Jerk because it’s more about power. I personally favour power over technique as I can just keep sticking the weight up and going for it.

How did your training change leading up to the Games?
It didn't really change much. What I was doing leading up to the British Championships [the qualification competition for the Games] was working great for me. So why change a good formula?

I currently train once on Monday for 2 hours then twice a day Tuesday through till Friday for 2 hours at each session.

What supplements/ sports drinks do you take?
I’m not a huge believer in supplements, I think that a good all round diet is very important. I am sponsored by my local butcher which means I get top quality meats at great prices which go a long way to provide me with a healthy balanced diet. I do appreciate that protein shakes help, so I am also sponsored by Herbalife 24 who supply my protein drinks for before and after a session.

Top Tip for aspiring Lifters?
Don’t care what anybody else thinks just enjoy it!

Thank you Rebekah!