If you’re one of the millions of Australians lurking around the MCG with a Four’n Twenty meat pie sized hole in your heart since the footy season came to a close last month, then it’s time to box up your cleats and throw the footy franks in the freezer because the 2016 Australian Quidditch Championships are coming and nothing else matters.
On December 9, twenty teams from all over the country will descend upon the nation’s magic capital – the Australian Institute of Sport – to go head-to-head in arguably one of the fastest growing, competitive, mixed-gender contact sports on the planet, and in what can only be described as every Millenial’s dream.
We know what you’re thinking - shut up and take my money! – but before you sell your car and put your housemate’s Falls Festival tickets on Gumtree, you should know that entry into the event will cost you as much a quick trip to Honeydukes under the ol’ invisibility cloak - absolutely nothing. However, if you were never taught the convenient art of apparation, you will need to keep an eye on flight sales to Canberra, and if you were in fact someone who spent all your money on Falls tickets, hold off on selling your car because you may need to sleep in it.
And just when you thought you knew everything about emerging competitive contact sports in Australia, you should also know that the event will not only be selling merchandise, but it will also be hosting ‘kidditch’ – a non-contact version for children that is also the perfect guilt-free excuse to abandon them in order to watch grown adults straddling broomsticks.
For more information, head to the Quidditch Australia Website.
The 2016 Australian Quidditch Championships will run at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th of December.
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