Harry Potter’s wizarding sport of quidditch has come out of the pages as a real-life sport, complete with tournaments, regional championships and even a World Cup.
How is this a sport? To mimic the fictional game, real-life players are required to carry a broom between their legs at all times (or face penalties) while volleyballs are used as a quaffle, dodgeballs as the bludgers, and the snitch is a tennis ball inside a sock tucked into the waistband of the snitch runner who is neutral and avoids a specific player of both teams.
It is a highly competitive full contact sport that consists of 21 members on each team, with seven playing at any one time usually on a hockey rink sized field. Goal posts are circular tubes on top of PVC pipes.
Despite some of the unorthodox elements of the game, it has a massive international following and is even organized by a sport federation, the International Quidditch Association (IQA). It has a membership of over 1,000 teams, comprised mainly of university and college sports clubs, from 13+ nations.
On July 19, 2014, local organizers and the IQA are bringing the sport federation’s Global Games to Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West. The biennial event is one of the IQA’s largest events and features national teams representing quidditch-playing countries all over the world. At the 2012 event played in Oxford, the United States won gold, followed by France with silver and Australia with bronze.
Ahead of this summer’s Global Games, each invited nation’s quidditch leadership authority will undergo a selection process for their national teams. Selection procedures for the Canadian National Team will be announced soon.
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