Stephanie Rice Opens up about being bullied

Stephanie Rice is a triple Olympic gold medallist, a former world record holder and is now a health and fitness reporter and has once again showed us that no one is immune to some of the harsher realities in life.

In a recent article interview with The Sunday Telegraph Rice, who is now a contestant  on the latest instalment of Celebrity Apprentice Australia, shared that she was bullied as a child and has dealt with self image issues for much of her life, “I was bullied quite a lot through primary school,” said Rice.

“It was terrible. I would cry every day, it was really bad. I was very self conscious.

“It was terrible. I would cry every day, it was really bad. I was very self conscious. I was a bit chubbier and swimming gave me something special. People would look at me back at school and never would have thought I would have gotten to where I am now.”

Rice won both the 200 and 400 IM and was on the Australian gold medal winning 4 x 200 freestyle relay team at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Even though swimming did give her a safe haven she still had an obsession with her weight that was unhealthy, “Almost every girl I know has been through something similar,” she explained.

“Just in that high school phase, I used to try and be like all these other girls at school and wouldn’t eat very much yet I was training hectically and these other girls weren’t.

“I definitely went through a phase – I wouldn’t call it an eating disorder – but I was definitely very conscious of my weight.”

“I’m glad I got through that and the way I did was just educating myself on food and how the body works.”

Rice, who is considering a return to the pool, told the Herald Sun that learned some hard lessons growing up in the national spotlight,”I guess a lot of people think I’m a lot older than I actually am because I was thrown into the spotlight and the world of media at 17,” she said.

“I had to try and figure out who I am and what I stand for as well as the pressure of swimming. I feel like I’m in a really great place at the moment where I know what I want out of life where I probably didn’t before.”

“I have definitely made mistakes in my life and I’m more than happy to admit that. I used to be very emotional if people didn’t like me or if something negative was written about me. I can’t pin my happiness on what other people think.”

“It was a hard lesson but people have it much harder than me so I’m not at trying to use that for attention.”



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8 years ago

Cry me a river.

Lane Four
8 years ago

Seriously, JG? SERIOUSLY?????? My hats off to Stephanie. Karma is a bitch, JG and I want to see you get hit square in the ass. Then let’s see YOU cry us a river. Oh boo hoo, JG.

Reply to  Lane Four
8 years ago

We have heard it all before . Tears at school . Tears at training ( Pre Beijing ) . Eammon please come over 3000 kms to help me!

About 2 weeks ago I turned on the Tv & saw Stephanie crying – yes crying – on The Apprentice . Does it ever stop ?

Poor poor thing. Only 3 gold medals , zillion dollar looks & talent , a family , a TV contract ……

8 years ago

Jg- agreed! This is ridiculous. Attention hounds….

8 years ago

Grow up. She’s 20+ years old, everyone got bullied as a kid. Bring me real news.

Reply to  Richard
8 years ago

Unless you’re Emily Seebholm and the one doing the bullying…

8 years ago


Philip Johnson
8 years ago

Stephanie, you’re beautiful, you accomplish pretty much everything in swimming, financially secure, and went to the Olympic and won gold medals!

8 years ago

You guys are being a bit harsh.

8 years ago

I really appreciate Stephanie & Swim Swam sharing this! Not shocked at the above comments…unfortunately….maybe one of the reasons bullying is still tolerated.
Many swimmers/people will benefit fom reading this…..bully posters aside!