Selga aims to win SEA Games medal anew
MAIQUEL Jawn Teh Selga of Davao City remains upbeat about her second stint in the upcoming 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games despite failing to win a medal in the Kuala Lumpur 2017 Pre-Games Wakeboard Internationals held over the weekend at the Putrajaya Water Sports Complex.
Selga, a Grade 11 student of the Asian International School of Aeronautics and Technology (Aisat), was fifth in the second heat of the open women’s wakeboard.
“Tapos after po nyan nag last chance qualifiers it’s like the last chance to get to the finals but I didn’t get through. It’s okay lang naman because it’s like practice pa for SEA Games,” Selga said Saturday in a Facebook interview with SunStar Davao.
The 17-year-old Dabawenya, who clinched two bronze medals in her SEA Games debut in Singapore last 2015, said she will likely be competing against the same participants in the biennial meet.
She is the lone female member of the national wakeboard team and will see action in the open women’s wakeboard and team wakeboard mixed events.
“I really hope that i can get a medal again. It’s much harder now that people are getting better,” she said.
Completing the team are Gelo Linao (open men’s wakeboard) and Mark Griffin (open men’s wakeboard) with Carive Rodriguez as team captain/team manager.
Selga said their training this year is far better than when they were preparing for the Singapore SEA Games.
“Pretty good! This training is a lot better kasi po mas marami kaming time nagtrain. We went to Singapore and Thailand for training. I focused on making new tricks kasi i really want to try harder than last time,” she said.
But since the Deca Wakeboard Park in Barangay Tacuna, Tugbok District is under renovation, she said, “I have to fly to Clark pa para po makapagtraining talaga.”
Her sponsors Stoked Inc. and Ripcurl shoulder her traveling expenses when she trains at Deca Wake in Clark, Pampanga.
Selga, who wants to become a pilot, feels more confident now though. “Mas mataas na po (ang confidence ko) kase na-experience ko na rin yung first Sea Games ko.”
She also hopes to make a lot of friends in Malaysia.