MULTI-TITLED Nikki Therese Servando will once again lead the Negros Occidental badminton secondary girls team in the Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association meet in Kalibo, Aklan.
Servando, a junior student of Trinity Christian School, aims to help boost the province’ goal to represent the region and eventually bring home the bacon from the forthcoming Palarong Pambansa in Tarlac.
Alongside Nikki are her Cadiz City comrades Merry Joy Fernandez, Chessa Mae Arino and Dianne Bibiano. Like her, these three shuttlers have also brought surprises in the national games after holding the girls’ division for several years.
Way back in 2006, Fernandez and Servando were together when they swept the elementary girls title. Now, they will be backed by the defending champion in the elementary division, Arino and Bibiano.
Servando’s experience in the international arena, like the Bangkok invitational badminton tournament, will be a great help for the Negrense shuttlers to bag this year’s WRAA crown.
Also, right after the regional competition, Servando will again represent the country as she is set to see action in the Badminton Asia Confederation Youth Under 19 Badminton Championship 2010 on March 21 to 28, 2010 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
She was officially selected by the Philippine Badminton Association to don the national colors against the top players from China, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Hongkong, Taipei, India and others.
In this event, she will be playing singles and mixed doubles with Joeffer Escueta of Manila.