UWaterloo muggles organize cross-province Quidditch tournament

Jonathan Keates of the Waterloo Ridgebacks Scores

This year, Warrior Recreation’s Quidditch Program hosted their first-ever at-home tournament: The Dragon Challenge. On October 17, 2015, ten teams from around Ontario as well as Quebec competed for glory on the V1 Green.

To the untrained eye, the events of the day looked chaotic. 21 players ran all over the field - throwing around four differently-sized balls and attempting to outmaneuver one another - all while clutching sticks between their legs.

True, our Quidditch players weren’t flying on enchanted broomsticks. Yet the atmosphere they created on the field was nothing short of magical. After the at-home tournament, the Ridgebacks did their fair share of travelling - competing in Guelph, Ottawa and Kingston. Out of the 18 total games played, Waterloo won 13 - showing that hard work and dedication do pay off in the sporting world.

Putting together an official cross-campus event is no easy task, however, as Club president Sachin Kotecha - a 3A Applied Math and Physics student knows all too well.

Organizing our at home tournament took months of planning and coordination. We wanted to showcase our sport for the Waterloo community, but to also create an incredible competitiveness at what was the first official tournament of the season for many teams.

UWaterloo’s Quidditch Program has had to overcome many challenges since it was founded in 2013. The biggest hurdle is the way that quidditch is perceived by the public.

Everyone thinks it's dorky and weird at first. But once they actually try it out, they're hooked. It's a lot more athletic and competitive than people think.

According to Courtney Butler, Ridgeback captain and a 3A Geography and Environmental Management student, the competitiveness is actually one of her favourite things about quidditch.

I was drawn to it because of the different sport elements thrown into one game, but the competitiveness, and the great people I play beside are what made me stay this long. The Waterloo Ridgebacks are basically my second family, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

To anyone that hasn’t tried quidditch in real life, Courtney extends a warm invite -

Whether you are a sports junkie, or a huge Harry Potter nerd – I would encourage anyone to come out to one of our club sessions and try it out for themselves.


 

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