nationalhistorybeeandbowl wrote:Precisely for that reason; that and the fact that Nolwenn is French so it's easier for her to work out of Europe, and we had a connection with Shanghai American School, hence the Asia division. We will debut Canada in 2013-2014 in all likelihood.
I'm going to go on a limb here and say that Canada has a bigger circuit than any non-American (and probably bigger than some American) bowl sites. In this autumn alone, 50 different Ontario teams from 18 schools played quizbowl
. In the spring, the ONQBA hopes to improve on this number. However, that's quizbowl. In Ontario alone, there are 300 schools, not teams, schools
that will participate in established Reach for the Top leagues in the spring. It's not quizbowl, but it's still some sort of established (somewhat) academic trivia.
Even if Nolwenn, the international director, is French, most if not the rest of the entire NHBB staff is American. Canada speaks English and is reachable by car from the United States. I really can't see an easier country to work in, especially since both the collegiate and high school circuits are already integrated (i.e. send teams to American tournaments, use American question sets) with the American one.
EDIT: Nolwenn's position was announced in the hsqb post announcing the European Division, but the site wasn't updated. Just realized that, sorry.