Stephanie Rice was bullied at school

January 23rd, 2009 - 6:34 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, Jan 23 (ANI): Aussie swimming champ Stephanie Rice has revealed that she was bullied during her teenage years in school.

Rice, 20, a three times gold medal winner at the Beijing Olympics last year, said that she was a victim of some nasty schoolyard pranks and hurtful teasing.

I was bullied and picked on as a kid, the Daily Telegraph quoted her as telling the Australian Women’’s Weekly.

It started when I was about 10. I guess I was an easy target, as I had no self-confidence.

I went through a stage where I didn”t have a lot of friends — just one or two — and the popular girls used to call me names, tease me and do nasty things, such as take things out of my lunchbox and hide my school bag so I couldn”t find it.

I would go home and cry. It was really upsetting and I felt helpless.

It wasn”t easy for my parents, either, as I felt it was something I needed to deal with on my own, she added. (ANI)

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