Although the championship marks a significant challenge for the first-time hosts, the Aurors are delighted to be doing so, according to Aurors spokesperson Michelle Ferguson.
It’s been a few years that we’ve been trying to get a major event here. It feels really good. A lot of people put a lot of hard work into the bid.
Ferguson further hopes that the tournament will raise the status of the sport in the area and bring in some new recruits.
This is the first major quidditch event that’ll be happening in the province of Alberta. I think it will really help to boost our profile and maybe get more people interested in the sport.
Lindsay Harrison, the director of Edmonton Events, spoke of her delight at bringing the sixth national championship to Alberta.
We are ecstatic to welcome athletes from across the country to Edmonton for the Quidditch Canada National Championships 2020. Edmonton is proud to bring such a unique, competitive event to our city.
Quidditch Canada is the only Muggle quidditch organization that runs multi-year bidding for hosting tournaments since it believes this gives teams greater time to prepare a more exciting experience. However, for the Aurors, there is more at stake than the spectacle.
The win presents a chance to not only host the prestigious tournament but also reclaim their lost title. In 2017, the Edmonton Aurors won the championship, but they only managed seventh place earlier this year. Instead, Valhalla Quidditch took home the title and the gold medal. With the home advantage, the Aurors will be hoping to capitalize on that momentum and return to the podium.
You can also check out the full list of the locations of Quidditch Canada tournaments for both the 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons.
Don’t want to wait until 2020? The Edmonton Aurors are holding an open training session on the September 9!