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UNCG Quidditch, one of our newest club sports

Photo of UNCG Quidditch playersIt was not rugby. The players had sticks or what appeared to be brooms.

What it was, was Quidditch.

UNCG hosted eight teams from a three-state area on the recreation fields Saturday. The Quidditch tournament included UNC Chapel Hill, VCU, Western Carolina, Furman, USC, UNC Charlotte, Appalachian State and UNCG.

UNCG Captain Amanda Wilson, a senior English major, sat with teammates including sophomore biology major Tori Stiles, deputy captain, after the UNCG club team’s victory over University of South Carolina. Within minutes they’d play Appalachian State.

Wilson likes Quidditch, inspired by the game played in Harry Potter novels, because it’s a blending of different sports – it brings all the skills of those sports together, she explained. Plus women and men can readily play together.

Jackie Ross, also playing that day, and Wilson started the UNCG team, Wilson says.

Club sports at UNCG allow students to build their leadership skills, as they build their athletic ones. There are many sports to choose from.

Stiles likes that the Quidditch team consists of a variety of athletes who all enjoy taking part. “I love that.”

Plus the sport has been in existence only a few years. “We’re helping create a sport,” she explains. They are pioneers.

Senior history major Dustin Jones notes they’d won 120-70 earlier that morning against South Carolina – and they were minutes away from taking on Appalachian State.

They ran on the field, many with sticks in hand – and warmed up.

“UNCG, are you ready? App State, are you ready?” the referee yelled.

And another match began.

Learn more about UNCG Club Sports, part of UNCG Campus Recreation, at http://campusrec.uncg.edu/clubs/. Or email Erick Unger at edunger@uncg.edu.

By Mike HarrisVisual: the club team huddles before the match begins