Women exercising in Grafton fight back against hecklers

WOMEN in Grafton have expressed their anger at people commenting on their efforts to get fit in public.

Kellie Corrigan, 40, said some young men thought it was funny to yell out of cars at her while she was exercising.

"One time I took down the number plate to report to police," Miss Corrigan said. She didn't end up reporting the abuse because she didn't feel much could be done.

Miss Corrigan didn't think it was worth giving her abusers a response, "I turned around and gave them the finger and kept walking".

"Yelling something back wouldn't have helped," she said.

Women commented on a story of a jogger who hit back at a 'run fatty run' taunt, encouraging Toowoomba's Rebecca Ruse after she fought back against the men who yelled abuse at her.

In Miss Corrigan's comment on The Daily Examiner Facebook page, she said "I used to blow them a kiss if I was in a good mood, or give them the finger if I was in a bad mood. People are so rude and in the end I lost 40 kilos. So you go girl show them a thing or two".

Shari Perkins of Grafton talks about her experience about being yelled at while exercising.
Shari Perkins of Grafton talks about her experience about being yelled at while exercising. Adam Hourigan

Shari Perkins wrote: "I had this happen to me a few months back! People can change their weight with a bit of motivation unfortunately a bad personality is there to stay. I know which I'd prefer. Good on you Rebecca!"

Miss Perkin's said she was exercising with her personal trainer when a young male drove past and yelled 'run fatty, run' from the window.

"My trainer just told me to put my head down and keep going, show them what I'm made of," she said.

"It wasn't very nice at the time but it definitely took my motivation to the next level," the 24-year-old Grafton resident said.

Rebecca Stahlut, a woman from Grafton, said it was a problem with society. "We see and hear negative things about people who are overweight and so a lot of young people think it's okay," she said.

"This is horrible!! People like that make me sick. People should be encouraged not put down," Miss Stahult, 26, commented on the article.

Some other comments on the post were:

Joyce Skinner: That's so rude and horrible. She's doing something to help herself, how dare anyone insult her for doing it...

Amy Brett: Skinny doesn't always mean fit!! Just like being big doesn't mean unfit!! Keep up the good work!!

Michelle Tuite: Go Girl! I was fat, it was cruel what people said. Do it cause you want to make us proud. Well done!



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