Farewell to former Executive Director Rebecca Alley
- Published: 31 August 2018
- Written by IQA Staff
In June 2018, Executive Director Rebecca Alley announced her resignation from the International Quidditch Association (IQA), effective today, August 31. Alley brought tremendous changes to the quidditch community, to the IQA, and the sport itself since she became executive director in November 2016.
Alley began playing quidditch at the University of Ottawa in January of 2011 and coached her team until 2014. Her knowledge and love of the sport continued to grow as she became more involved in the administrative side of quidditch, volunteering in a number of capacities. She served as the coaching resource development coordinator with Quidditch Canada, where she created a resource base for Canadian coaches and wrote a coaching blog. Alley also volunteered as the executive manager of the IQA European Committee and held a variety of positions on the committees for European Quidditch Cup 2015, the 2015 IQA European Games, and the 2016 IQA World Cup.
Given her wealth of experience, it came as no surprise when she applied to become the executive director during the IQA’s search for someone to replace interim executive director Nicole Hammer.
Upon taking over this leadership role, Alley proposed a new organizational structure for the IQA and hired new leadership to reach the objectives of the organization. Over her past 18 months in the IQA, Alley oversaw the organization of two international events: European Games 2017 in Oslo, Norway; and the IQA World Cup 2018 in Florence, Italy. Moreover, she implemented the bursary program, which grants funds to National Governing Bodies and emerging areas to assist them in their development. Alley also strove to increase the transparency of the IQA with the publication of two annual reports, monthly digests, and the 2017-18 annual budget.
Above all, Alley improved the executive branch’s operations, a strong desire to increase the quality of services the IQA provides to its members and the quidditch community.
Throughout her term, numerous National Governing Bodies joined the IQA. Now, quidditch is a sport played in 40 countries, where active communities promote gender equality and an inclusive athletic environment.
Please join us in thanking Alley for her years spent volunteering and helping to grow the sport of quidditch.