Members of the Blaine Tai Chi Academy practice at Peace Arch State Park on Thursday, September 15. Photo by Jeremy Schwartz.
Against teams from all over the world, a group of Blaine residents took second place in an international tai chi competition.
The fourth annual International Qi Gong Health Competition was held in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday, September 17. The 12-member Blaine team, led by Guo Cheng, was one of 44 teams from 20 countries to compete. Teams performed their routine alongside one other team and were judged on how synchronized their movements were.
Team member Donna Hunter said that among 16 teams to perform the same routine, the Blaine team received a score of 8.92, earning them second place behind a team from New York scoring 9.07.
The winning New York team was led by Sitan Chen, a tai chi world champion in China and the United States many times over. Prior to the competition, Sitan met with the Blaine team for a practice session at Peace Arch State Park.
“They were excellent, and their pre-competition pointers were invaluable to us,” Hunter said. “We had many hugs all around with their team.”