Nathan Miles’ Lighter, Faster, Stronger fitness group (front) and Andrew Gunn of Park-Fit (behind, left) have clashed over using the far right end of Hervey Bay’s Seafront Oval.
Nathan Miles’ Lighter, Faster, Stronger fitness group (front) and Andrew Gunn of Park-Fit (behind, left) have clashed over using the far right end of Hervey Bay’s Seafront Oval. Daniel Tweed

Battle of the fittest over park

MORE than muscles are being flexed down at Hervey Bay’s Seafront Oval; tempers are also on the boil.

A verbal stoush between two of the Fraser Coast’s fitness gurus has broken out – to the point where one called the police – and neither is willing to back down.

Nathan Miles, who runs training sessions in Hervey Bay under his company, Lighter, Faster, Stronger, claims he has been subject to business bullying.

The former Biggest Loser star is accusing fellow local Andrew Gunn of the much larger company Park-Fit, of holding his training sessions practically on top of those run by Mr Miles.

Mr Miles says that on Monday Mr Gunn parked his company truck right in the middle of where Mr Miles was holding his 4pm session. And that was for the second time that day, he said.

But Mr Gunn says that is not true: “I was a good 10 metres away from him. He must have had a space 40 metres by 40 metres; more than enough room.”

According to Mr Miles, however, the situation was much different: “In essence there was a danger to my people. I wasn’t getting anywhere with him.

“I asked him why he was parking so close and he said it was where the council had told him to park and to operate from.”

Mr Miles called Hervey Bay police asking for help because he was being given a “hard time”.

Police arrived at the oval and viewed both operators’ council permits, which the men understood dictated they could only hold classes at the far right end of the oval.

The trainers were advised to contact the council, which they did yesterday and were awaiting more specific permits.

“I’ve never, ever been a victim of bullying and I never will be. And this is straight up bullying,” an agitated Mr Miles said. “I’m more than happy for him to operate in the same vicinity because it is a public place.”

Just not right on top, he added.

When asked about the bullying Mr Gunn replied: “It’s absolute rubbish. How on Earth can he say I was bullying him when I’m half his size?”

When asked if he thought there was an issue, Mr Gunn said: “The more people that use the park the better because that means more people exercising. I think the big issue is that we have vans and trucks with signage but we are a business.”

Both businesses will continue to use the oval.



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