Reported by Sableen Minhas
Vancouverites wielding brooms and inflatable ball suits have taken up arms to fight the city’s no-fun reputation.
Locals are opting out of traditional sports to try offbeat games like quidditch, played with brooms and volleyballs, and bubble soccer for a different kind of adrenaline rush.
“We have had a team since 2010, it started with one practice per week and a few people,” said Alexa Rowe, president of the UBC Quidditch Club. “Now we have turned into a 72-member club with two teams of 21 players each.”
The athletes play with brooms between their legs at all times and score points by advancing the volleyball, or “quaffle,” down the field and throwing it through one of the six elevated ring-shaped goals.
Hosting the official quidditch games spikes popularity
UBC Quidditch Club practising last Thursday. Video by Sableen Minhas
Earlier this year, Burnaby hosted the 2014 Quidditch Global Games, which has contributed to the popularity of the game.
“I went to the Global Games and got really interested in quidditch,” said Zainab Alwarid, a Langara nursing student who plays as a beater for the UBC Quidditch team.
Bubbles add a new element to the world’s most popular sport
Bubble soccer is another non-traditional sport surfacing on the Lower Mainland.
Birthday party group playing Bubble Ball soccer organized by Bubble Ball Vancouver at Renfrew Community Centre. Video by Sableen Minhas
“People want to try something new,” said Alex Gorea, Langara general studies student who works with Bubble Ball Vancouver, a bubble ball rental agency.
Gorea said that although people still play traditional sports, like soccer with the bubble balls, red rover and other childhood games are played too.
Generally played on teams of five, bubble soccer follows no particular set of rules.
“It’s a combination of soccer, wrestling and bumper cars,” said Kelvin Wong, founder of iBubble Soccer. “People bump into each other while trying to tackle.”
Although Langara students are involved in these unusual sports off campus, nobody has approached the athletics and intramurals department with an idea of hosting them on campus.
Jake McCallum, director of athletics and intramurals at Langara, said if people were to approach him about these sports he would try to see if there is a way to accommodate them at Langara.