Rebekah Tiler may have narrowly missed out on gold at the recent English Weightlifting Championships but that won’t stop the teenager gunning for glory at the European Championships later this year.
Tiler, who came fourth at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and won gold at the 2015 Youth Commonwealth Games,lifted 210kg at the English Championships a fortnight ago – the same amount as rival Emily Godley.
But Godley’s lighter bodyweight saw her win the -69kg title, leaving Tiler – whose preparations for the event were hit when her regular training base at Mytholmroyd Community Centre flooded – to settle for second.
The 17-year-old will now turn her attention to the European Championships in Forde from April 10-16, which also serves as a qualifying event for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Great Britain, who are yet to qualify any weightlifters for Rio, are likely to send seven women to Norway with a maximum of two in each class and Tiler is desperate to continue making a name for herself at the event.
“My next big competition is the Europeans in April. Hopefully I can get a medal – that’s what I’m aiming for,” said Tiler.
“It’s my first Europeans at senior level, so I’ll be competing against older people and it will be a good test for me.
“The European Champs are a qualifying event for Rio, so hopefully, fingers crossed I will make it.
“I know I just need to get as many points as I can in order to qualify and hopefully I can get a medal as well.”
Tiler won European Youth Championships gold in Poland back in 2014 and is the women’s British record holder for the clean and jerk.
She is still learning the ropes at senior level after a sparkling youth career but all the signs point to her being a force at world level for years to come.
And the youngster insists she is relishing the challenge of moving up in class as she continues her development.
“I’m really enjoying the step up to seniors having done quite well at junior level,” added Tiler.
“I’ve been training alongside the Russians and the Chinese, so it’s good to see how they train.
“I’m learning a lot about how they focus and prepare before competitions, so it will all help me in my own weightlifting career.
“Doing so well at junior level has definitely given me confidence heading into my future career.”