This Saturday, quidditch players from across Canada and as far away as Hawaii will descend on Jasper Place Bowl in Edmonton to compete in the second annual Canadian Western Fantasy. This year’s theme is Summer Solsnitch in honour of Edmonton’s long summer days.
There are two more teams this year than last, bringing the count up to six and reflecting just how much quidditch has grown in Western Canada in only a year.
96 players have been drafted to one of the six teams: Grape Balls of Fire led by Hasan Ahmad, Red Squadron led by Michelle Ferguson, Salt City Shakers led by Cole Li, Teal Titans GO! led by Indiana Nikel, Pink Panthers led by Austin Wallace, and Gingersnaps led by Brent Warwick.
Summer Solsnitch is set to be the biggest, and likely one of the best, fantasy tournaments Western Canada has seen. An event like this is the perfect opportunity to try out the sport for the first time or sharpen your skills for the coming season. My first quidditch tournament was last year’s Canadian Western Fantasy in Calgary. It was through this experience that I was able to grow in my understanding of the sport, as well as improve my skills as a player.
Be sure to come watch on Saturday, June 25 from 9:00am – 6:00pm at Jasper Place Bowl! We will also have free demos at various times throughout the day for anyone wanting to try the sport.
Interested in playing in the tournament? Same-day registration is available from 8:00 am – 8:45 am for a fee of $25. Make sure to bring a white t-shirt that you’re not afraid to get messy, as we will be spray-painting it to designate your team colour.
– Brent W., beater