Rebekah’s triple medal haul

Rebekah Tiler on the podium in Peru
Rebekah Tiler on the podium in Peru

Rebekah Tiler has won her first medals on the world stage, securing an impressive hat-trick of podium places in Lima, Peru.

The 16-year-old, who lives in Denholme but trains at Mytholmroyd Community Centre, was competing at the International Weightlifting Federation’s World Youth Championships.

She won bronzes in the snatch and clean and jerk as well as taking an overall silver in the women’s 69kg category .

It was a tremendous result for the current European Youth medallist and British Senior Champion after a back injury.

Tiler’s best result in the snatch came in the third round, in which she lifted 93kg.

She followed up by raising 120kg in the clean and jerk.

He total of 213kg was the best international performance yet from the Eddie Halstead-trained lifter.

Tommy Yule, British Weight Lifting’s performance director, said: “Rebekah has been in fantastic form in the last 12 months, medalling at the 2014 European Youth Championships, becoming the youngest athlete ever to be crowned British Senior Champion and finishing fourth at the Commonwealth Games.

“We’re delighted to see her success continue into 2015 and onto the world stage.

“Whilst Rebekah has struggled with injury over recent months, her performance in Lima is testament to her hard work and dedication, backed by the support from her coaching team, to return to optimum fitness.

“We are all very proud of her achievements.”

Fellow British athlete 15 year old Catrin Jones made her international debut in Lima in the women’s 44kg category. She set a new British record in the under15 to under 17 age group and finished in eighth

Commenting on the success of the GB athletes, both of whom are funded by UK Sport as part of British Weight Lifting’s World Class Programme, Ashley Metcalfe, British Weight Lifting CEO, said: “It is fantastic to see our young athletes performing at such a level on the world stage.

“Rebekah’s medal winning performances prove she is up there amongst the best in her weight category.

“We work hard to provide our athletes with the quality of coaching that they need to compete at this level and this wouldn’t be possible without the support of UK Sport.

“The dedication of our athletes is unquestionable and this competition has been a fantastic showcase for British weight lifting.”