by Morgyn Benstead | February 9th, 2012
Watch out, North America: Australian teams are joining forces to send a formidable national side to World Cup VI.
Since Australia’s first intervarsity quidditch tournament — last November’s QUAFL Cup — the Australian quidditch scene has been booming. Teams have formed the Australian Quidditch Association, which aims to bridge the gap between Australia and the IQA, and a rash of events are planned for 2012.
As the first large quidditch community to emerge outside of North America, Australian quidditch faces a unique set of challenges. For instance, most teams around the country have been playing with their own modified versions of the IQA rules, Alivan’s brooms are unavailable due to customs regulations and distances between teams (not to mention the distance to go to Quidditch events in North America) are vast.
However, the separation from the rest of the quidditch-playing world and a good dose of national pride are bringing the Australian quidditch community increasingly close. This weekend, the Australian National University is hosting “Quidditch Camp,” an open event intended to improve the skills of players from all around the country – the Saturday will be dedicated to position-specific training workshops, as well as to developing referee, snitch and organizing talent.
In the long term, this co-operative spirit should serve Australia well when it comes time to form the national side, players for which will be chosen at the Oceania regional, to be held in Sydney late this year.