Chris Dornan

June 27, 2013, Calgary, AB (ISN) – One of the most respected bobsleigh athletes in the national program, Chris Spring, will fittingly receive his citizenship on Canada Day at Calgary’s Heritage Park.

Surrounded by friends, family and teammates, the pilot of the Canada 2 sled, will take part in the memorable ceremony beginning at 1 p.m. MTN.

“When I first became a permanent resident and started representing Canada three years ago, I immediately felt proud to wear the maple leaf. As this day approaches, I am starting to have new and more exciting feelings. I mean, I am going to be Canadian…A CANADIAN,!!!” said Spring. “The true north, strong and free, and I can’t wait to be officially a part of such an amazing culture. This season when I am representing Canada I will be wearing the maple leaf prouder than ever and I can’t wait to have the opportunity to sing ‘O Canada’ atop the podium at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.”

Originially from Australia, Spring got involved in bobsleigh after watching the 2007 Canadian Championships while living and working in Calgary. He was immediately hooked on the sport and took a driving school the following year to learn the fundamentals of the sled. After quickly working his way through the development circuits, Spring competed for Australia at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, and has been on the Canadian World Cup Team over the last two years.

“This will be a great day for the sport of bobsleigh and we applaud the Government of Canada for their efforts in making this day a reality for Chris and his family,” said Don Wilson, chief executive officer, Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton. “Since joining our program, Chris has developed into one of the top pilots on the World Cup circuit, and he will play a huge role in our team’s pursuit of excellence on the road to Sochi. On behalf of everyone in the Canadian sliding sport community, I wish Chris and his family the very best on this special occasion.”

Spring and his four-man crew celebrated their first-ever World Cup medal last year on the 2010 Olympic Track where they won the bronze. It was an emotional day for the 29 year old and his Canadian Team. The breakthrough performance came just 10 months after a horrific crash in Altenberg, Germany that put an end to his season, and nearly his career.