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Ten-year-old Odin Fawcett acting as Leif the Lucky's shadow for this year's Winter Carnival

Odin Fawcett poses wearing his Leifling costume Tuesday evening at his home in Corner Brook.
Odin Fawcett poses wearing his Leifling costume Tuesday evening at his home in Corner Brook. - Chris Quigley

It will be a few more years before 10-year-old Odin Fawcett is old enough to pursue his main goal of being a Corner Brook Winter Carnival ambassador, so this year he’s settled for the next best thing.

Odin won the 14th annual Leifling Gala on Sunday afternoon, and has been Carnival mascot Leif the Lucky’s shadow at many events since.

“It sounded pretty cool,” he said of the gig. “My dad told me it’s kind of like a mini ambassador.”

Open to kids from kindergarten to Grade 6, Odin and the other contestants had to construct a homemade sword, shield, and what he described as a “Viking appropriate” costume.

Then, each hopeful would be asked a random question and judges chose the winner based on who seemed like the most outgoing.

Odin was asked if he played any sports and what his favourite winter sport was. The son of Jay and Becky responded with taekwondo and soccer, which he plays all year round.

His favourite Carnival event so far has been the Family Fun Day in the Park that took place on Monday. He’s most excited for this evening’s Winter Laser Blast from 5-8 p.m. at Cyber Zone, and Thursday night’s Spelling Bee, which begins at 7 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary School.

It’s all part of the fun for Odin as he serves his Leifling term — but it almost never happened, as his father missed the admission cut-off by one day. Organizers ultimately decided to let the oversight slide.

“Luckily, he got me in,” Odin said. “I’m really happy he entered me in it.”

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