16 Feb 2019

Quidditch tournament in Christchurch this weekend

4:26 pm on 16 February 2019

Broomsticks will be a common sight in Christchurch's Hagley Park this weekend, with a quidditch camp and tournament underway.

UCLA vs Arkansas at the Quidditch World Cup 7 on April 6th 2014 in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Quidditch is a Harry Potter-inspired sport that combines rugby, dodgeball and tag. Photo: Wikimedia Commons / Ben Holland Photography

The third annual International New Zealand Quidditch Camp and tournament, organised by the Quidditch Association of New Zealand (QuANZ), kicked off yesterday afternoon.

The Harry Potter-inspired sport combines rugby, dodgeball and tag and has attracted 20,000 players from more than 30 countries since 2014.

It is the only full contact, mixed gender sport in the world - with a kids quidditch, or "Kidditch" option for players under 16.

Players will be attending training sessions and workshops before a North Island vs South Island tournament on Sunday morning.

Among them are players from the New Zealand Black Brooms, who travelled to the World Cup in Italy last June and who will be sharing their stories, skills and experiences.

The workshops will be coached by Melbourne player Emma Humphrey - the first woman to receive the award for highest number of snitch catches in the Melbourne quidditch league - and Mark Kelly, known internationally as "The Voice of Quidditch Australia" for his many commentating roles.