Competing for medals and pins at the Games

Justis Grimsrud, 13, is popular with the ladies. You can tell just by looking at his Canada Games pass, which is adorned with pins from every…

Justis Grimsrud, 13, is popular with the ladies.

You can tell just by looking at his Canada Games pass, which is adorned with pins from every province and territory.

“Oh yeah, the ladies were all over me for the pins,” joked Grimsrud from team Saskatchewan.

Trading pins has become a sort of secondary event at the Canada Winter Games as athletes run around meeting and greeting each other in hopes that they will eventually end up with a full set of pins.

The pin frenzy starts off at the dorms in the athletes’ village and ends up in the spectator stands at each event.

“People just come up and ask if I have a pin to trade so I give them a pin,” said Kayla Fawcett, 14, from team Saskatchewan.

Fawcett has yet to collect pins from Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and the Northwest Territories.

The NWT team pin is a hot commodity this year as it is a large pin with a hollowed out centre and a miniature maple leaf dangling from it.

Even the large husky dog mascots that can be seen wandering through the Games venues are collecting pins in exchange for hugs and handshakes.

Fawcett gave up one of her pins to the dog from NWT.

Jennah Smith, 14, also from team Saskatchewan said she could go home satisfied now that she’s collected all the Canadian pins.

“They’re pretty and it’s a good way to meet people and make friends,” she said.

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