Applications open for New Zealand's national World Cup Quidditch team

Ever wanted to play Quidditch for NZ? Now's the time.
Ever wanted to play Quidditch for NZ? Now's the time. Photo credit: Quidditch New Zealand / Facebook

If you've ever wanted to represent New Zealand in Quidditch, now could be the time.

At the 2018 Quidditch World Cup New Zealand was ranked 20th out of 29 countries. Next year, Quidditch New Zealand plans on going even bigger and better.

Applications have opened for people who want to play for the national team at the 2020 World Cup, which will take place either in Spain or the US.

Quidditch is a sport based on JK Rowling's Harry Potter universe, beginning in the US in 2005 and quickly developing a universe of its own.

While the magical Harry Potter version sees witches and wizards take to the skies on flying broomsticks, the Muggle sport has two teams of seven players, each carrying broomsticks between their legs, competing in a mixture of rugby, dodgeball and tag - all involving multiple game balls.

"Our goal as a nation is to make the #Top10 in the final rankings. We recognise this is an ambitious goal, but New Zealand as a nation, is always renowned for punching well above its weight in many sporting events," Quidditch New Zealand says.

The first step to joining the team is filling out the contact details and application form here before June 15. After applying, there will be an online interview with the team managers. An announcement regarding the team's numbers will be made by July 1.

"Everyone who applies will be accepted onto Team NZ," Quidditch New Zealand says.

"We also welcome anyone who is committed to helping Team NZ either as a player, or as a member of staff, or as a member of our fundraising committee."


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