The Bureau of Health Promotion under the Department of Health held the final championship of a dance competition for senior citizens at the Sanchong Comprehensive Sports Field in New Taipei City on Oct. 17. Around 590 seniors took to the stage for the competition. Among the groups competing was the Dazhi Club for Seniors, which included a 101-year-old great grandfather named Huang Sheng-ta and his son Huang Shuang-hsi, 78, who sang and danced together on the same stage, garnering fervent applause from the entire audience.
Another group competing in the contest was the Yuanshan Vegetable and Fruit Club from Yilan County’s Yuanshan Township, which has four members over the age of 90. These grandfathers and grandmothers sacrificed their plans to travel abroad so they could participate in the contest. They woke up every day at 5:30am to practice for an hour and a half. They also made their own props and painted creative images of Turtle Island and rice noodles with fish balls, a local specialty, on their white fabric shoes to represent the local culture of Yilan. The group was awarded a gold medal, the competition’s highest honor.
(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)