Making country proud-A A +A
Saturday, November 2, 2013
IT'S just a one run away for Maiquel "Mikee" Jawn Selga to mark another milestone in her already colorful wakeboarding career.
The Dabawenya Selga, representing the Philippines, soared to the finals of the Wake of Thrones at the Republi1c Wake Park in Nuvali, Laguna by stamping her Russian rivals in the amateur women's category semi-finals of the world-class competition.
The 13-year-old Stella Maris Academy of Davao (Smad) High School freshman garnered a total of 95.50 points over Elena Boltaeva who registered 90.50. Anna Boltaeva (81.50) and Maria Kuzminova (72.50) trailed in third and fourth, respectively.
"I think natalo ko sila (Russians) sa rails, kicker and composition. Nanalo sila sa flats kasi may surface tricks sila (laughs)," Selga said in a Facebook chat interview with Sun.Star Davao on Saturday after her routine.
The four of them will again batte it out in the championship round set as of presstime yesterday.
An hour before she rides in her first Wake of Thrones finals, Selga said she doesn't feel nervous at all since she already knows what to do.
She said, "May dinagdag lang po ako konti sa ginawa ko noong semis."
Selga said she's confident with her tricks and hopes she executes them excellently as the three other Russians may bounce back and pull off some surprises in their respective runs in the finals.
She earlier vowed to give her best in the competition despite the fact that she's seeing action in the prestigious event for the first time.
Selga recently topped the Kickin' and Grillin' tournament at Deca Wakeboard Park Davao in Mintal, Davao City in September, a month after bagging the girls wakeboard 13-under gold medal at the 7th Philippine Cable Wakeboard Nationals at the Republ1c.
She finished sixth in junior women's wakeskate of the IWWF 2012, the world championshipsof wakeboarding, at Deca Wake Park Clark in Pampanga and eigth in the girls wakeboard class at the same venue.
She emerged over-all champion in her category at the 2012 Asian Wake Park Tour having ruled the first stop at Thai Wake Park in Thailand, second stop at Ski 360 in Singapore and third stop at Republ1c Wake Park in Nuvali, Laguna.
She also swept all three titles of the three-stop Philippsine Qualifier Series held in Lago de Oro, Batangas, Deca Wake Davao and Deca Wake Park last year. She also topped the Bohol Wakefest open womens division and Deca Wake Jam in Davao.
She has indeed come a long way in making not just Davao City proud but the entire country as well for her feats. However she finishes in the Wake of Thrones finals, Selga has already made every Filipino proud.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on November 03, 2013.