Games Plan Drives Chris; Canadian Citizenship the Only Path to Success

Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia), March 5, 2010 | Go to article overview

Games Plan Drives Chris; Canadian Citizenship the Only Path to Success


Byline: Travis Meyn travis.meyn@scnews.com.au

WINTER SPORTS: Sunshine Coast bobsleigher Chris Spring says he was told by members of the Australian Institute of Sport he would be "stupid not to switch to the Canadian program".

Caloundra's Spring has applied for Canadian citizenship following his disappointing Winter Olympics tilt, in the hope of joining the country's bobsleigh program.

Spring told the Daily yesterday that he could no longer afford to support his Olympic dream and deciding to compete for another country was one of the hardest decisions he has made.

"I remember some responses from AIS staff saying I would be stupid not to switch to the Canadian program as Australia will never support you enough to improve," he said.

"So straight from the horse's mouth they tell me to switch nations as well. It was pretty much black and white when they tell you themselves how it is."

The Australian Olympic Committee gives Australian bobsleighers a total of $18,000 a year via the Australian Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association. …

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