Reflections on a Year of Quidditch

A lot can happen over the course of a year. One year ago, I would not have guessed that I would be where I am now.

So what exactly happened one year ago?

On Canada Day 2015, I finally decided to stop putting off going to my first quidditch practice, something I had been considering for a couple weeks.

When I think about my first quidditch experience almost a year ago, I am not sure what I enjoyed more – the athleticism involved or the community of great people – but one thing is for sure: I was hooked.

I went expecting to play the position of chaser (these players shoot the quaffle through the hoops to score), but after trying different positions, I knew that beating (throwing bludgers to interfere with the other team) was the position for me.

The drills that coach Chris Radojewski showed us helped me gain a basic understanding of the sport. When we moved into a scrimmage I had no idea what to do, but with time and patient instruction from the other players I eventually caught on to how to play quidditch. After that I knew this was a sport I wanted to keep playing, and I immediately signed up for my first tournament less than a month away.

Fast forward a few months and I not only tried out, but actually made it on, the Alberta Clippers competitive quidditch team. I have made incredible new friendships, reached a level of athleticism I never thought possible, and travelled across Canada to play in tournaments. All because I decided to try something new on Canada Day.

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Indiana Nikel represents the Alberta Clippers at the Rocky Mountain Rumble in Kelowna // Photo by Alicia Mills

Interested in giving it a shot? Join us Canada Day at 11:00 am at Hawrelak Park.

Already got Canada Day plans? The Edmonton Aurors play Sundays at 1:30pm and Wednesdays at 7:00pm At Kinsmen park – you’re welcome to come out anytime!

-Brent W., beater

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