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uOttawa Quidditch goes to the Quidditch World Cup!

18 Apr

This past weekend, uOttawa Quidditch competed in World Cup VI, the International Quidditch Association’s annual international quidditch championships. Held in Kissimmee, Florida, World Cup saw 80 of the world’s best teams face off against each other in a week of tough competition and camaraderie.

uOttawa came into the tournament an underdog, one of the few Canadian teams in attendance as a result of most schools (including uOttawa) writing final exams during the time of the World Cup. Reaching the World Cup was a difficult road: first the team had to work hard to qualify at the Canadian Regional Championships last November in Kingston, where they placed second. Then, the team had to defer dozens of exams and study months in advance so that they would be able to spend the weekend in Florida. Thirdly, the team invested in an online fundraiser, was given generous support by the University of Ottawa through the SFUO clubs fund, the Office of Allan Rock, and the School Spirit Council. Without these generous funds in addition to their own money, uOttawa Quidditch would never have been able to attend the World Cup.

uOttawa Quidditch sings the Canadian national anthem at the opening ceremonies. Credit: Isabella Gong

uOttawa Quidditch sings the Canadian national anthem at the opening ceremonies. Credit: Isabella Gong

While in Florida, several members of the team participated in a media scrum the Friday morning before World Cup – we invite you to peruse our updated Media section for pictures and news articles about the event.

Although the team lost our first game of pool play 70*-50 on Saturday in a snitch snatch to the NAU Narwhals, we came back with a solid win against the Boston Riot. Before our game against Marquette, the winners of the Midwestern Regional Championships, we passed around a flask of maple syrup. The taste of the homeland propelled us to a 110*-50 win over Marquette. Our final game of pool play came against Florida State University in an intense evening match where we were ultimately victorious 140*-80.

We started bracket play against Southwest Regional Champs Baylor University. In a frustrating-but-fun game, we ultimately lost 80-30* and were eliminated from the tournament. Baylor is an incredibly talented team and went on to lose to UCLA in the semifinals. You can see the full bracket and champions here.

Adam Robillard catches the snitch to propel uOttawa to victory over the Boston Riot. Credit: Emily Oliver Photography

Adam Robillard catches the snitch to propel uOttawa to victory over the Boston Riot. Credit: Emily Oliver Photography

Despite our exit in the Round of 32, uOttawa is proud of our showing the World Cup, particularly since 50% of our competitive team is either in their first year of university or their first year of playing quidditch. This bodes well for future competitions, as we will only continue to improve. We were honoured to represent Canada and the University of Ottawa on the world stage, and look forward to competing more broadly next year.


uOttawa Quidditch Executive Elections: Elections Actually

24 Mar


Well folks, the results are in! This afternoon uOttawa Quidditch held its Annual General Meeting and elections for the 2013-2014 Executive Elections. We were incredibly fortunate to have 15 wonderful candidates running; a blessing and a curse to have so many leaders eager to contribute to the growth of the team.

Starring Kiera Knightley and Colin Firth as the SECS

Starring Kiera Knightley and Colin Firth as the SECS

The SECS (Sexy Elections CommissionerS), outgoing exec members Chris Radojewski and Clare Hutchinson, are proud to announce the 2013-2014 exec:

Presidents: Tegan Bridge and Erin McCrady

VP Athletics (Coaches): Rebecca Alley and Adam Robillard

VP Social: Carina Hetherton

VP Finance: Marc Jan

VP Communications: Marisa Sauret

Hogwarts Head Boy: Chris Radojewski (Fozzie Bear was the winner of the popular vote, but unfortunately had not paid his membership fee and so was disqualified)

As a treat for you all, under the cut is Marisa Sauret’s campaign speech, which I’m sure you’ll agree is very entertaining.

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2013 Executive Elections

13 Mar

It’s that time of year again! uOttawa Quidditch will vote on March 24th for the club’s 2013-2014 leadership. We are fortunate to have competition for most of the positions, a sign of a healthy and decentralized leadership. The candidates are:

President (2 positions)

  • Tegan Bridge
  • Erin McCrady

VP Athletics/Coach (2 positions)

  • Rebecca Alley
  • Adam Robillard
  • Matthew Bunn

VP Social (1 position)

  • Carina Hetherton
  • Candace Blake
  • Tom Corlett

VP Finance (1 position)

  • Katie Sharpe
  • Claire Steckle
  • Mathew McVeigh
  • Marc Jan
  • Vanessa Sevilla

VP Communications (1 position)

  • Marilyn Tourangeau
  • Marisa Sauret

Voting will be held on March 24th at an as-yet-to-be-determined location. You may only vote if you have paid your $20 membership fee. If you are unable to attend on March 24th and would like to cast your vote, you may do so by proxy but you must A) choose someone who will be present to proxy for you and inform them, and B) inform the Special Elections Commissioners Spectacular Clare Hutchinson and/or Chris Radojewski that you will be proxying. If you choose to proxy vote, you will be provided with written statements from the candidates in order to make your decision with the same amount of information those present will receive.

Best of luck! Any questions about the elections or the candidates can be directed to the Elections Commissioners.

Quidditch in the Capital

18 Oct

This Saturday, Ottawa will see its first quidditch tournament of the 2012-2013 competitive season of the International Quidditch Association. Carleton University Quidditch will be hosting the tournament from 1-5pm on Saturday, October 20th at Anniversary Field.

A rough schedule for the day is as follows:

12:30 p.m. – Teams arrive
1:00 p.m. – Carleton University vs. Algonquin College
1:40 p.m. – University of Ottawa vs. St. Lawrence University
2:20 p.m. – University of Ottawa vs. Algonquin College
3:00 p.m. – Carleton University vs. St. Lawrence University
3:40 p.m. – Algonquin College vs. St. Lawrence University
4:20 p.m. – Carleton University vs. University of Ottawa

Quidditch in the Capital will see all 3 teams from the Ottawa area face off against each other for the first time this season – you won’t want to miss it! Make sure you invite your friends, and we’ll see you on the pitch 😉

Competitive teams announced!!

25 Sep

Thanks to everyone who tried out and congratulations to all, the coaches both saw a lot of improvement over the weekend. We want to let you know: if you didn’t make either team, we still love you and want to see you every Sunday to play, and cheering for us at games, and at potlucks, and at study parties, and building blanket forts…! There is potential to move between the teams, so if you’re playing really well at rec practices and improving you may be invited to join the comp dev team.

You know you want to be part of this.

Competitive Team:

Kera Lanouette

Alex Goudreault
Isaac Corey
Jamie Lafrance

Alex Badassa
Andrew Baggett
Clare Hutchinson
Erin McCrady
Marisa Sauret
Matthew McVeigh

Adam Robillard
Cam Buie
Chris Radojewski
Claire Steckle
Gabriel Weekes
Michelle Ferguson
Mike Howard
Matthew Bunn
Nick McKnight
Sam Cheung
Steven Kimball

Competitive Development Team:

Aaron Shifman
Brian Wong
Candace Blake
Crysana Copland
Elise Champaigne
Ian Carey
Katie Sharpe
Marc Jan
Marilyn Tourangeau
Michael Brannen
Reilly Ragot
Tegan Bridge
Tom Cortlett

Competitive Team Tryouts

19 Sep

All right, folks. Tryouts for our competitive team will be held on the following days:

Saturday September 22nd @ 1pm

Sunday September 23rd @ 1pm

Tuesday September 25th @ 6pm

It is highly recommended that if you are interested in trying out for the competitive team, you attend 2 of the above sessions. If for some reason you are unable to attend any of these sessions but are still interested in becoming a part of our competitive team, email our coaches at uo.quidditch[at]gmail[dot]com.

Why should you try out? Our competitive team will be made up of 21 highly skilled, dedicated players who will compete to represent uOttawa Quidditch at tournaments. If you make the competitive team, you are committing to a practice regimen and a standard of sportsmanship – you’re also joining an amazing group of people working hard to do great things. We have 3 upcoming tournaments already planned: a 4-team meet in Ottawa on October 20th, a 4-team meet in Canton, NY on October 27th, and the Canadian Cup (the Eastern Canadian Regionals) in Kingston on November 11th. There will be more competition dates announced later, including more international tournaments.

Joining the competitive team is an incredible way to challenge yourself athletically, travel internationally to represent your school, and meet amazing people on other quidditch teams. As Benny says in his wonderful post What September Means To Me,

“We have a new team. A team, that for even just a split second, has the potential to be the best team of all-time. Every new practice or team dinner is a chance to be better than you were before. It’s a fresh start. […] It’s worth it. Worth every penny you spend, every tear you shed and every minute you give up. Give Quidditch everything you have and I promise you that our sport will give it right back.”

Let’s go.

Are you ready?

Not interested in joining the competitive team? No worries – our recreational team is going strong, and we’ll still be having rec practices on Saturday and Sunday alongside the tryouts. Not everyone has the time or interest to play quidditch competitively, so don’t sweat it and make sure to bring your broom along 😉

Official Business

14 Sep

First Order of Business:

Our next practices will be Saturday, September 15th and Sunday, September 16th – both will begin at 1pm on Tabaret Lawn at uOttawa. Please come prepared to run and bring your water bottles and a broom or broomlike object! If you missed the first practice, don’t sweat it – we’ll be going over the rules again, and new folk are always welcome.

If you gave us your email on clubs day or this week but haven’t received an email, it means someone put a scrambling jinx on your pen and we couldn’t read your address – shoot us a line at uo.quidditch[at]gmail[dot]com to be added to the mailing list and receive all the details.

Second Order of Business:

uOttawa Quidditch supports the spread of quidditch across Canada, and wants to support Canadian quidditch teams to become stronger and more awesome. To that end, two of our players have recently been selected by the International Quidditch Association for official positions. Tegan Bridge, one of our team presidents, is now the official IQA Representative for Eastern Canada and will be supporting Canadian teams and representing them and their interests at the IQA. Reilly Ragot, an excellent Chaser/Keeper of ours, is now the official IQA Expansion Rep for Eastern Canada, in charge of spreading quidditch to more schools and communities and helping to support new teams. We’re very proud of Tegan and Reilly, and wish them all of the of luck in their new positions.

Third Order of Business:

uOttawa Quidditch would like to thank the previous IQA Canadian Rep, Carleton University Quidditch‘s Andrea Hill. Andrea helped us start our own team way back in December 2010, and she has been a tireless advocate for Canadian quidditch: her hard work and passion saw the very first Canadian Cup hosted in Ottawa, the growth of quidditch in Ottawa and throughout Canada, and increased international participation and enthusiasm for the sport. We are personally indebted to and grateful for Andrea and her work, and would like to ask uOttawa, Ottawa, and the international quidditch community to thank her for her years of dedication.

Andrea Hill is the bomb

Fourth Order of Business:

We sell stuff now! Swank fan shirts, to be precise. We will be updating our online store as we get more merchandise: you can purchase the shirts in person, at tournaments, or online.

Fifth Order of Business:

Make sure you go outside and breathe some fresh air this weekend. Eat some pie if you like pie. Take a jog up to Tabaret and watch us play. Read some Ulysses if you’re me. Go enjoy yourselves, darlings.

Summer Update and Important Fall Things

11 Jul
It’s summer! The folks on the quidditch team have been busy, that’s for sure – we even have three players who are currently in England representing Canada in a series of exhibition games around the Olympics. (Links to the matches can be found here if you want to see Team Canada in action.) We’ve also been keeping busy playing quidditch every Sunday, from 2-4ish pm, at Carleton, and anyone who’s in town is welcome to join us whether or not you’ve played before!
We also wanted to let you all know what our plan is for the fall. Our first practice for the fall will be Sunday, September 9th at 1pm in Strathcona Park (the 101’ers are using our field, alas.). We’ll be publicizing this more closer to the date but you can all mark it on your calendars now!
The following weekend, September 15th and 16th, is our introductory training camp – it’s not as scary as it sounds, we promise. It will be two days of quidditch for the new players to learn the game, for people who we met at our table in clubs week to come try out the game, and a chance for the returning players to get back into the swing of things. Anyone can come for some or all of that weekend.
Competitive team tryouts will be September 22, 23, and 25th. This year we are also expanding our recreational team. We’d like to see more of you coming out just for fun on Sundays, enough that we maybe can get a couple of rec teams going!
Let me repeat: If you don’t want to be on the comp team, JOIN OUR REC TEAM! We promise fun, general hilarity, and lots and lots of awesomeness on a weekly basis. 

Quidditch Tournament this Saturday! Tournoi de Quidditch ce samedi!

21 Mar
The Quidditch teams of University of Ottawa, Carleton, and Rochester Institute of Technology are playing in a mini-tournament next weekend (SAT. MAR. 24) at 12 noon at Strathcona Park.THAT’S RIGHT, A REAL LIVE QUIDDITCH TOURNAMENT. Strap on your goggles and bring a chair to Strathcona for a day of broomsticks and awesomeness.

A schedule will be finalized this week, but there will be official games between all teams present, as well as a series of fun games (including a special guest from Nantes Quidditch in France!).

Les équipes de Quidditch de l’Université d’Ottawa, Carleton, et Rochester Institute of Technology participent à un tournoi cette fin de semaine (samedi, 24 Mars) à 12 h au parc Strathcona.VOUS AVEZ BIEN COMPRIS, UN VRAI TOURNOI DE QUIDDITCH. Apportez vos lunettes protectrices et une chaise à Strathcona pour une journée de balais et amusement.

Le programme sera fixé cette semaine, mais toutes les équipes participèrent à des jeux officiels, et à des jeux pour le fun.


Come to the Canadian Cup, eh?

23 Oct

That’s right! This Saturday, October 29th, Carleton University will be hosting the first ever Canadian Cup.

Come on out and cheer on uOttawa’s Quidditch team as they play in their first ever official IQA tournament! The event is free to attend and will begin at 9 am and last until 5 pm.