NO STOPPING HIM: Bryce Krause is on his way to swimming stardom and has been smashing records non-stop since he started training competitively a year ago.
NO STOPPING HIM: Bryce Krause is on his way to swimming stardom and has been smashing records non-stop since he started training competitively a year ago. Meg Gannon

How Bryce became the fastest kid in the Darling Downs

SWIMMING: Eight-year-old Bryce Krause began swimming training just 12 months ago but he is already the fastest kid on the Darling Downs - and on his way to becoming the fastest kid in the country.

At the Darling Downs Regional Swimming Association short court championships this month, Bryce claimed the champion title in his age division.

He broke nearly a dozen DDRSA records in just one day of competing, including a 50m freestyle record set in 2004, a 50m butterfly record from 2003 and a 50m backstroke record set in 2001 by 6.43 seconds.

Bryce's achievements are not only a testament to his own natural ability but the work of his trainer Michael Wise, and his parents Mandy and Warren, who have watched in awe as their youngest continues to make waves in the swimming community with every race.

"For an eight-year-old, he honestly holds it all together really well,” Mrs Krause said.

"We were ecstatic, we couldn't be prouder.”

As Bryce hits the water during a race, he keeps a couple of crucial pieces of advice from his coach in mind.

"Remember four strokes and remember, for your tumble turns, dive down deep,” he said.

"In my butterfly he said put your head down for about four strokes.”

Bryce is swimming at the same standard and speed as kids two and three years older than him but that's not enough to intimidate him.

Bryce said with every race he became more confident, and taking on tougher competitors only gave him more motivation.

"I know I'm pretty good and that not many people are going to beat me,” he said.

"I'm happy that I've got a lot of medals.”


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