Butcher goes for gold with backing for Olympic hopeful Rebekah Tiler

Yorkshire butcher Ian Hewitt of I and J Hewitt Butchers will be paying close attention to the Olympic Games today as 17-year-old local woman Rebekah Tiler represents Great Britain in the weightlifting competition. 

Hewitt has been supporting Tiler since 2014 and provides all of the meat she needs to compete in the 69kg weightlifting category, which sees weights of over 100kg being lifted.

He first started supporting her when he read that funding from UK Sport had been cut. “I had spotted some news stories about her when she was 13 or 14 and just starting out in the sport, but then in 2014 there was a story about how she needed support. I thought that it was a shame that the support wasn’t there, so I wanted to help,” Hewitt said.

“As a weightlifter, she needs a lot of protein which we provide through chicken and steak.”

Tiler’s diet includes seven chicken fillets and five steaks a week, as well as some lamb for variety. Ian also uses a selection of glazes to introduce some flavour into her diet.

“Whenever I get a chance I head over to her gym and watch her train. She always goes out of her way to mention us when interviewed and we have a sign up with a thank you message from her. She’s brought the spotlight on weightlifting and is a great ambassador for the sport and for Yorkshire,” he said.

Although Tiler is competing in the Rio 2016 Olympics, Hewitt believes that she will come into her own at the 2020 games in Tokyo.

“She’s 17 now and has made amazing progress in the past four years,” he said. “In another four years’ time, she’ll be unstoppable and winning the gold medal.”

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