New Zealand’s National Sport to Become More Inclusive

Published: 12 September 2018
Written by IQA Staff

On Aug. 25, 2018, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern noted the importance of making New Zealand’s national sport, more inclusive.

In an interview with Radio New Zealand, Ardern explained, “For me if rugby is going to include us as women it should represent us equally, and have a relationship with us equally, both as players and spectators, and that means, as it does with every area of life, including women fairly, giving women the opportunity to excel, paying them appropriately, and providing leadership opportunities. 

It is interesting to note that the Prime Minister’s definition of a national sport matches one quidditch core value: inclusivity.

Indeed, quidditch is the world's only mixed-gender, full-contact sport. We embrace players of all genders and sexualities. Many players have, for the first time, found a team sport that recognizes them as they are.

Quidditch is an exciting, fast-paced, full-contact sport, close to rugby, dodgeball, and handball. A quidditch team consists of up to 21 athletes, with seven players per team on the field at any time. Each player must keep a broom between their legs at all times. The ‘four maximum’ rule of quidditch states that there may be no more than four players of the same gender on pitch at one time, ensuring the sport is inclusive to all genders and that gender diversity is always maintained on the field of play.

The International Quidditch Association develops and empowers future leaders. We inspire young people to lead physically active and socially engaging lives, and we work to support our volunteers and the volunteers within National Governing Bodies to grow their skills and hold leadership roles. Our executive director for the last 18 months was a woman, and five of our current eight department directors are women.

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