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Monday February 4, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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EMULATING the success of their senior counterparts, the Penang Meihu Sports Culture Associa-tion’s young ‘B’ and ‘D’ teams clinched a one-two finish in Gurney Plaza’s Lion Dance Championship 2013 in Penang.
Friendly competition prevailed as both tried to outdo each other with a series of breathtaking stunts and rip-roaring antics, with the ‘B’ team ultimately triumphing by a whisker after two intense days of competition.
Their white, silver and orange lion pranced about gracefully in front of
a large crowd, striking majestic poses when rising on its hind legs against the mall’s Kelawei Entrance facade, and earning a total of 8.84 points.
Savouring their victory, Loh Chin Hee and Leow Boon Tat, who played the lion’s head and body respec-tively, said they were proud of
following in the footsteps of the association’s ‘A’ team, who pre-viously won the contest’s 2010 edition.
“We’ve been performing together for seven to eight years, and know each other’s attributes and movements quite well,” Loh said of
their flawless, well-coordinated
“Our entire troupe helped us choreograph the moves, and we practise whenever we can. Today’s humid weather proved a challenge, but we’re glad to have succeeded,” added Leow, whose team won cash and prizes worth RM4,400.
The ‘D’ team, who narrowly played bridesmaid with 8.83 points, took home spoils worth RM3,200 after performing an equally enthralling routine in fading daylight.
Their red, yellow and gold lion proved a glorious sight as it scaled over obstacles and leapt through the air while juxtaposed against an intensely blue, twilight sky, as the clang of cymbals and rumble of drums echoed around.
The association’s overall lion dance team leader Chai Kit How said the contest provided an excellent platform for their younger team members to gain exposure and hone their competitive skills.
He was delighted with their top two finish, and felt it was just rewards for the countless hours of hard work they put in practice sessions, which take place four times a week, all year round.
Finishing third were the Hong Guan Sports Gymnasium team, who took home prizes worth RM2,300 for their efforts.
The Jong Hua Dragon and Lion Dance Group, as well as the Hua Kwong Arts Centre ‘A’ team won consolation prizes worth RM1,200.
The Meihu Association’s other ‘C’ team, along with the Hua Kwong Arts Centre ‘B’, Lam Aun Hoay Kuan and the Butterworth Tong Keon
Seah Pemuda teams were the other finalists.
The feast of Chinese culture began earlier in the day when the mall hosted a Wushu Competition at its New Wing Atrium, where over 100 participants battled each other with exhibitive movements.
Divided into five categories – Male and Female Boxing, Short Weapon, Long Weapon and Group Practice – they executed stances, kicks, punches, jumps and sweeps while wielding a variety of implements.
The mall’s marketing communications manager Peter Chan said: “We hope to promote the true spirit of Chinese martial arts, and encourage the younger generation to learn more about their heritage and engage in healthy activities.
“We have also been hosting the lion dance contest for 11 years now, and the teams’ daring stunts and movements, which mimic the behaviour of real lions, provide our shoppers, especially foreigners, with an excellent spectacle for the festive period.”
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