Quidditch Without Borders

26 Oct

Remember the time the RIT Dark Marks came to visit us in Ottawa and it was just one big international quove-fest? We sure do!

Image of UOttawa, Carleton and RIT

This. This right here.

Well, there has been a distinct lack of Quidditch Without Borders going on in our lives this season. So, needless to say, we were thrilled when our good friends RIT invited us to the sunny south (right?) for the RIT Snow Belt Conference Meet this Saturday, October 27!

If you’re in the Rochester area, come on out for what promises to be a spectacular afternoon of quidditch. We’ll be playing RIT, our BFFs WEQL, SUNY Geneseo (the team that knocked us out of WCV – no hard feelings, guys, but we’re excited for a rematch!), and new opponents Aquinas Quidditch and Alfred University.

For more information, check out the Facebook event!

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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:

Seeker:
Kera Lanouette

Keepers:
Alex Goudreault
Isaac Corey
Jamie Lafrance

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

Chasers:
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
Ahmed
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.

FAQs: Fleece, Acorns, and Quinksy Quimpernels. (That’s what those letters mean, right?)

1 Sep

Yoo halloo! Do you have more questions than Neville Longbottom has phobias? We have more answers than Hermione has… well, answers.

1) What is Quidditch? Are you guys for real? For complete and utter realsies, je vous promettez. Quidditch is a full-contact (!) co-ed sport that is a Muggle (non-magical) adaptation of the wizard sport from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Invented by students at Middlebury College in Vermont, it has similarities to rugby, dodgeball, and flag football, with a special subculture and athletic flair all its own. It is incredibly competitive, with a governing body, international (as well as national, regional, and local) tournaments, and over 600 teams in 25 countries. For more info on Quidditch as well as a great way to spend 27 minutes of your life, watch this excellent documentary on the 2010 Quidditch World Cup in NYC.

2) How do I join the team? Do you want to be on the team? Then congratulations, you’re on the team! uOttawa Quidditch welcomes any and all players regardless of skill level – just show up to our Sunday recreational practices with a broom (or broomlike implement) whenever you’d like. Once you attend 3 practices or more you’ll have to pay a $20 membership fee.

If you would like to join our competitive team, tryouts will be held on September 20th, 21st, and 22nd (times forthcoming) – we recommend attending two of them. Our competitive team will be 21 focused, committed, high-level athletes who will travel to tournaments to compete for the University of Ottawa.

3) Do I have to be a uOttawa student/undergrad/insert qualifier here? You do not need to be a uOttawa student to play with us; whoever you are, you are always welcome to come to our practices. ALL uOttawa students are welcome regardless of age or program, including grad students, international students, and exchange students.

4) What if I’m not good at sports? You can still join! We like to think that we challenge the “not good at sports” mentality – we’re a diverse group of people with plenty of different athletic backgrounds, and even if you’ve never felt at home or at ease playing sports you might find that you’ll surprise yourself in the right (read: supportive, awesome) environment. If you’re not comfortable playing – Quidditch is a very physical sport, and not for everyone – we loooooooove fans. Fans come to our practices, our tournaments, and our social events: you are just as much a part of our group as our star Chasers are, we promise. (Hilarious sideline signs are a must, though.)

5) Do you guys just run around on brooms all the time? Pretty much. It’s surprisingly natural once you get used to it. But we’re not just a sports team – we’re a community. We participate in and host all kinds of social events: movie nights, sleepovers, potlucks, charity events, Kidditch workshops, festival expos, fundraisers, bake sales, Yule Balls, ceilidhs, snowball fights, live music, blanket-fort competitions, the Spartan Race, team dinners, tea parties, swing dancing, pole dancing, bouldering, dodgeball, book clubs, pub nights, and many more. We like to give back to the community and participate in anything creative, outdoorsy, nerdy, and healthy. We’re friends. We want to be your friends.

6) How do I get in touch with you to ask a question or hear about practices? You can sign up for our mailing list by shooting an owl to uo.quidditch@gmail.com, but the easiest and fastest way to hear about practices and upcoming events is by liking us on facebook and following us on twitter. We, uh… we’re on there a lot.

7) Your jerseys are gorgeous! How do I buy one? Thank you! *preens* They are made by Row West, an awesome little Canadian company. Unfortunately for you, our jerseys are not for sale to the public, only to members of the team. However, we will soon have fan shirts and other merchandise for sale, and you can totally buy those!

8) Are you a varsity team or something? We are not an official University of Ottawa sports team in any capacity; we are, however, an official club of the SFUO/FEUO. We have represented the University of Ottawa in an unofficial capacity at several international tournaments and have proudly helped to raise the school’s international sports profile, AND we’ve got enough school spirit to fill the Rideau Canal, but we are not Actual Gee-Gees.

9) Is the team just full of Harry Potter nerds? Nope! We’ve got players who’ve never even read Harry Potter. As Jamie says, “[the team isn’t] just a bunch of nerdy Harry-Potter-reading weirdos; when I played in Oxford England against Team USA I played against one of the most athletic teams in any sport I have ever seen, and I’ve been playing sports for a large portion of my life.” And as Claremom says, “You don’t have to be a nerd or a jock: that dichotomy doesn’t really exist. You just have to be badass enough not to apologise for liking the things that you like.”

10) How are you guys all so attractive? We work out.

And finally,

11) Do you guys actually fly? That’s, like, the first time anyone’s asked us that. You’re super witty.

Email/tweet/or facebook us any other questions you have!

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“Ooh, ickle firsties! What fun!”

27 Aug

Hello new and prospective uOttawa students! Welcome to the University of Ottawa Quidditch team (yes, Quidditch team. It’s a thing). We’ve brought in some of our former first-years from 2011-2012 (who have since been hardened by our rigorous awesomeness) to give you some advice about surviving and enjoying your first year (and hopefully the ones after it) at uOttawa. Quidkids: They’re Just Like You!™

Remember, if you feel compelled to follow in their footsteps (“firs’ years follow me!”), you can feel thankful that this is Hogwarts North and not Actual Hogwarts because at uOttawa first years are allowed their own broomsticks. If you want a great way to meet people and make friends in a new place; if you want a fast-paced athletic sport to challenge you; if you want a fun way to stay active; or if you just really want to try something new, then Quidditch is for you.

Our former ickle firsties are the wonderful Erin “Hashtags” McCrady (Beater, Conflict Studies & Human Rights), Jamie “Ice Box” Lafrance (Keeper, Sociology), Katie “Genie” Sharpe (Beater, Civil Engineering), Ian “Potter” Carey (Chaser, History and Anthropology), and Matthew “Doesn’t Like The Nicknames We Pick Out For Him” Bunn (Chaser, Biochemistry). As I hope you’ll see, Quidditch attracts a very diverse group of people, from the most hardcore Potterheads to the Rugby players.

Hope to see you on the pitch! Details about our first practice can be found here.

How did you first hear about the Quidditch team?

ERIN: I had heard legends of university quidditch teams and always thought it would be a cool thing to try. To be honest I had completely forgotten about it until one day during 101 week clubs tabling when Clare ran past me in full snitch regalia tossing handbills at passers by. This led to an epic hunt for the quidditch table and several awkward lurk-bys of said table trying to figure out what this ‘quidditch’ was.
MATT: On my first day at the university I had been walking by all the clubs being advertised. Most tables I hardly glanced at, but let’s say a quidditch table warrants a double take. I made my parents wait while I got a quick briefing on the sport of quidditch, and I’m sure everyone can vouch for me saying it seemed a little “different.” But I was curious, so I put my name down. Little did I know what I was getting into…

JAMIE: I hear about it from a random at a campus bar; that random – Alex “Badassa” – has turned into one of my best friends. Before that I heard rumblings of it – basically I thought it was a campus folk tale.

Some of the 50+ people at our very first open practice: a campus folk tale come to life!

What made you want to join the Quidditch team?

ERIN: I was raised on Rowling. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was the first chapter book I read all by myself (I still remember reading ‘cupboard under the stairs’ and thinking it was a peg board you hung teacups on). I’ve also always been moderately athletic but rarely found a sport I clicked with. Even then, I came pretty close to not going out for the team: I didn’t know anyone going into that first practice, which is something I always find nerve-wracking.

MATT: I wanted to stay active during university and quidditch seemed like it would keep me fit. I also wanted to be a part of a sport or club at the university because I wanted to meet a good group of friends that I would hang out with.

JAMIE: I’m really not even sure to be honest – I never had the time to play, but I thought “hey, I’ll give it a shot” and now it’s one of the most fun things I have ever participated in.

What made you want to stay on the Quidditch team? Did anything surprise you about Quidditch?

ERIN: A lot of things surprised me! I had expected the rules to be really complicated and the actual athletic aspects to be simple. I was WRONG. Once I got on the pitch, the rules clicked instantly… but my ability to throw, catch, and tackle one-handed most certainly did not. I think a lot of what kept me coming back for the first couple weeks was that I was so awful at it. I felt so uncoordinated and clumsy at times, but I could see it was something I would love.

MATT: I think I kept playing quidditch because it’s such a unique game. There’s so much action that goes on, and it all blends together to make an amazing game. The two things that surprised me about quidditch are the snitch (that seems to be one of the things people wonder about in the real life sport) and quidditch being a full contact sport; I’ve definitely had my fair share of hard tackles.

JAMIE: The reason I stay is now I feel like I play a good role for the team, I’m pretty addicted to it. I mean, I went overseas to play! It’s just so much fun you can’t stop playing once you start.

KATIE: It was a good way to have a break from work for me and I enjoyed that I was getting some physical fitness in as well. One thing that surprised me was how rough the sport was, being full contact and all.

IAN: I decided to stay on the team because of the friends and the fact that quidditch is a ton of fun to play, though I was somewhat surprised with how physical quidditch can be.

Brace yourself

What has been your most memorable Quidditch moment thus far?

ERIN: Making the competitive team was certainly memorable- I must have checked my email about fifty times on the night the roster was posted. The Quidditch World Cup was amazing, and it was such a great bonding experience for the team – if I wasn’t quiddicted before WCV, that’s what did it. But I would have to say that my most memorable quidditch moments are the random things we do together as a team. Whether it’s winning a blanket fort-building competition, going swing dancing in matching 50’s outfits, organizing campus-wide snitch chases, having a massive sleepover in a residence room meant for one person, or singing along with the most random combination of instruments brought to a party, it’s the ridiculous spirit of the team that makes it memorable for me.

MATT: The most memorable moments in quidditch for me seem to come from when I’ve been snitching in a game. The excitement of my first time being a snitch in an official game during the Ives Pond Invitational or the game I evaded the uOttawa/Carleton seekers for 45 minutes during one of our practices. But what sticks out most I suppose is going to New York for the Quidditch World Cup. It was great to play against teams from around North America and overall a great weekend to spend with a great group of people.

JAMIE: Most memorable moment was seeing that it wasn’t just a bunch of nerdy Harry-Potter-reading weirdos; when I played in Oxford England against Team USA I played against one of the most athletic teams in any sports I have ever seen, and I’ve been playing sports for a large portion of my life.

IAN: My most memorable quidditch moment would have to be the world cup. Being able to meet so many other quidditch players and the experience of competing at that level was amazing.

The team at the Quidditch World Cup in New York City

How has Quidditch helped you at university?

ERIN: Quidditch introduced me to some of my best friends! I came to Ottawa knowing nobody at the school and one other person in the city. It was a little scary and overwhelming the first couple of weeks. 101 Week introduced me to hundreds of people in my faculty, but I didn’t really have a chance to form any close friendships. We make lots of jokes about this and it sounds really cheesy, but the team has become my Ottawa family: There’s always an older player to help you with assignments, a team mom to bring sunscreen to practice when you forgot it (and you know the team will mock you for being a ginger if you get burnt), and a potluck to go to when you can’t go home for the holidays. We take care of each other – we’re a team in every sense of the word.

MATT: You mean other then showing up to class with a broom that seems to attract some attention? Seriously speaking though, quidditch for me has been a great way to stay active and I have met a great group of friends I hope to have for the rest of my life.

JAMIE: It helped me make some friends outside of rez, in all different parts of university careers giving me ideas of what I want to do, as well as learn many other things out campus has to offer because everyone on the team seems to be involved in other cool things I would never have known about!

KATIE: Quidditch helped me get out of my room and meet new people. It was something to look forward to every weekend, and I made a lot of friends through this sport. The quidditch team has become my second family.

IAN: Quidditch has helped me at university by helping me make new friends and by keeping me physically active so I didn’t have to worry about eating all the crappy cafeteria food.

What are some tips you would give to any first-year uOttawa student?

ERIN: 1. Learn to cook. The cafeteria will make you sad. 1. b) Make friends with people who have their own kitchen. You will inevitably want to make cookies and it will crush your soul to realize you don’t have an oven. 2. Find a routine that works for you and stick to it. Maybe it’s just me, but when I was up to my ears in tests and assignments with no idea where to start, it was weirdly comforting to know Tuesday was laundry day. 3. Work hard. Go to class. Just do it. 4. Don’t work too hard. Studying is important, but so is playing Where is Waldo with friends in the library as a well-earned break. 5. Don’t forget you’re in the nation’s capital! Make time to be a tourist every now and then, skate on the canal and remember that the pointy green roof you can see from your residence window is actually the Peace Tower.

MATT: I’d say the one thing that put me in a tough situation at times was procrastination. Do all your work ahead of time and don’t be doing it last minute. Do all of your assignments and study hard for midterms and finals because they are worth a lot of your final mark.

KATIE: Join in the events at 101 week. You don’t have to go to all the crazy drinking events if you don’t want to, but go to the rest of it. The guides are all upper years in your programs and are very knowledgeable about university. Another thing would be to find a club, team, or group outside of class to join. It will open up more people to you than just those inside of your program.

If Quidditch isn’t for them, what else would you suggest first-years try out or join at uOttawa?

ERIN: Just get involved on campus. Preferably on the quidditch team, but I will accept any involvement. Getting involved more = finding more people who love the same things you love = getting up to more shenanigans. I’m no math or science major, but that seems like a damn fine formula. There is literally a club for EVERY interest. You will find something you love. If you don’t you’re probably picky and your attention to detail will serve you well as the president/founder of a new club!

MATT: Get involved in some kind of sport at uOttawa, and check out the intramurals the school has to offer.

JAMIE: If you don’t like quidditch I’m going to recommend rugby, they’re a good group of people and it’s a wicked awesome sport. But honestly I just hope people participate in sports at school, it’s a great way to meet people and stay in shape: intramurals, club, varsity – it’s just way too awesome to not do.

KATIE: Find the niche that fits for you. Not everyone is an athlete, or book smart, or a fitness nut. Don’t feel pressed into going along with your friends; be brave and yourself and you be will rewarded in your university career.

What’s your favourite part about living in Ottawa?

ERIN It’s freaking PRETTY! Seriously, go for a run or a bike ride along the canal and tell me it isn’t pretty. I dare you. It’s also just a really interesting city. I’m a trivia geek, so I love random historical tidbits and Ottawa is full of them.
MATT: There’s so much the city has to offer, plenty of entertainment for the 3-5 years of studying in Ottawa. The bus system is a lot better then my home town so it’s easy to get around.
JAMIE: It’s probably the people, ’cause anywhere would be boring without great people.
IAN: My favourite part about living in Ottawa is  that there are lots of museums and and other interesting places to visit (and there are lots of really cool quidditch players).

Ooooh, purty.

What’s your favourite thing and place to eat in Ottawa or on campus?

MATT: The place that sticks out at the university is Jazzy’s in the University Centre. Great food served buffet style! I think for me personally my team can agree I enjoyed the pizza in the UCU cafeteria a little too much first year; however, it isn’t the best choice before anything quidditch related.

KATIE: On campus I would have to say Jazzy’s Restaurant in the University Centre (UCU). It’s an all-you-can-eat buffet that serves really delicious breakfasts (the yogurt is the best ever!). Also, while some Chasers – ahem ^ – may say otherwise, a diet of pizza is not a good thing. Especially before intense exercise.

JAMIE: My favourite place to eat? Don’t tell Coach Chris but I love my Smokes poutine!

IAN: My favourite things to eat in Ottawa are beaver tails in the market, but for food on campus I would suggest cooking for yourself.

Any last words?

ERIN: I am so excited for you! My first year was great and I know yours will be, too. If you need more reassurance, shoot an email/tweet/postcard/owl to uOttawa Quidditch. Quidkids are friendly (at times obnoxiously so) and we would love to make your first year totally awesome! Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!

MATT: Even if quidditch does seem weird, it’s something you have to at least try once. Come to our first practice, learn about the sport, and play around. If you don’t like it, then you don’t have to continue. You can at least say you’ve played quidditch.

JAMIE: Last words? I hope you join us, it’s awesome to play. If you can’t play, come support us! I also hope you love university, it is truly so much fun and one of the greatest places on earth where you’ll meet the most awesome of people if you just try new things.

KATIE: Eat regular meals and don’t slack on school work. For most people this is their first time really living on their own. There is no one to make sure you are doing your assignments and eating meals. Go out, have some fun, and meet new people!

IAN: And the last thing I have to say is that Quidditch is an amazing way to meet new people and adapt to life on your own. You will make friends for life.

😀

Why we love uOttawa Quidditch

3 Aug

Claremom submitted this wonderful blog post to a quidditch blog for a ‘life as a member of…’ feature.

If you don’t already want to be one of us, why not?! 🙂

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. 

Introducing – uOttawa on Team Canada!

30 Jun

This summer, 3 uOttawa Quidditch players will make their way to London (well, Oxford) to play in the UK Summer Games and represent their team, university, and country in an exhibition Olympics game as Team Canada squares off against 5 other talented teams.

INTRODUCING:

Adam “Shoulders” Robillard (alternatively “Snow Angel” – he responds to either) – Chaser:

One of uOttawa’s star players and key goalmakers, Adam is fast and physical (see also: fine, fresh, fierce). Originally a hockey player and now both a Chaser and the uOttawa Quidditch Dancemaster (he choreographed and taught the team our signature pre-game chant and dance), Adam is a younger member of the team who has already racked up quite a bit of experience at the Canadian Cup (where, after a trip to the hospital for stitches, he inquired if the nurse would be done in time for him to get back to play in our game against Carleton), the Ives Pond Invitational (where, while moonlighting as a Seeker, he caught the Snitch in the first 10 seconds of overtime and also served as one of the more flamboyant Snitches), the Ottawa tournament (where his unflagging stamina propelled uOttawa through a 55-minute game against RIT), and World Cup V (where he moonlighted as one of the commentators on Field 6). A theatre student, Adam has also been known to successfully impersonate Darren Criss.

Jamie “Ice Box” Lafrance – Keeper:

Jamie’s nickname is derived from the trend of Quidditch “fridges” – but Jamie’s got the extra power to pack a colder whack than your average fridge. His power runs down the pitch with the Quaffle (knocking opposing Chasers aside like he’s going seagull bowling) are infamous. But don’t let the grizzly-bear charges and powerful tackles fool you: Jamie’s one of the most good-natured guys I’ve ever met, and after he knocks you over he’ll pick you right back up and ask you where the afterparty is.

Tegan “Sexy Cactus” Bridge – Beater:

Tegan is one of the founders of the uOttawa team – she knows what she’s about. What she lacks in height she more than makes up for in sharpshooting and an uncanny ability to be in exactly the right place at the right time (and she does. not. relinquish. Bludgers). Though she be but little, she is fierce.* Tegan is also the volunteer coordinator for the UK Summer Games, so you should take your time to thank her for all the hard work she’s put in, both to allow our team to play and run as well as it does, and for your Olympic games to run as smoothly as I’m sure they will.**

WATCH OUT, WORLD.

If you would like to support Team Canada, consider buying your very own ultra-swanky Team Canada Quidditch jersey. Manufactured in British Columbia by Row West (who designed and made our very own gorgeous jerseys), these jerseys are all-Canadian and all-Quidditch.

*That’s Shakespeare, my friends. Look it up.

**Not to jinx anything.