All in a day’s grace for Tallulah

2015-06-25 06:00

Ice queen. Talullah Memani impresses at the SA National Figure Skating at The Ice Station at Grand West Casino and Entertainment centre where she was selected tp present the country’ s in Hungary and Italy later in the year.

Ice queen. Talullah Memani impresses at the SA National Figure Skating at The Ice Station at Grand West Casino and Entertainment centre where she was selected tp present the country’ s in Hungary and Italy later in the year.

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Figure skating is a mixture of art and sport and thats what Talullah Memani,13, seems to excell at.

Since taking to the game ten years ago , Memani’s talent has blossomed and she is making a name for herself.

During a recent national figure skating championship held at the Grand West Ice Rink she wowed the judges with intricate moves that left spectators mouth’s agape.

She had earlier won the Gauteng provincial title at the Ice Dome.

Her proud mom, Vicky Ntoni, said her daughter’s achievements were as the result of hardwork and deterimination.

“She started when she was three years old. I put her on the ice to keep her busy. She loved it,” said Vicky.

Talullah enjoys school sports because she also represents Redhill School and Gauten g in netball as well as academically, in drama and in music.

“She is a decorated sports person but she is also focussing on her books,” she said. Vicky said she was telling City Vision her daughter’s story because their roots are in Langa and Gugulethu.

The late, Victor Mhleli Ntoni, a legend who was a self taught musician before he received a scholarship to study at the Berkley School of Music in Boston in 1976 is Talullah’s grandfather.

It must be in the genes then for Talullah to exude artistic prowess in the rink.

As a serial podium visitor collecting medals, Talullah knows that training makes her good.

She has been on the podium on a few occasions over the years. She had also qualified and participated in France in 2011 and in Hungary and Italy this year. Her winning streak began in 2009 when as a nine year old, she bagged the national championship.

“I thank my coach and mommy for making sure that I stick to my training routine,” she said.

Coached by Dino Edgardo Quattrocecere, an accomplished skater who competed at the 1994 Winter Olympics, Talullah’s future in the rink is dotted by marks of success.

“She trains four times a week and she appreciates the benefits of discipline and strength of character that comes with sport,” said the coach.

Vicky described Talullah as an outgoing person who loves being with family and friends.

“Although she grew up in Gauteng she has firm roots in Gugulethu and Langa - when she is around to perform she would visit them,” she said.

With a twinkle in her eyes, Vicky, says Victor would have been “moved and proud” of her granddaughter like his wife Cinderella is.

“My mother is always asking about her progress and has become her number one fan,” she laughs.

They say skating is a “graceful and beautiful game” and it’s for that reason that Mzansi’ top designer David Tlale dressed her for this championship.

“She was absolutely blown away by David’s fashionability,” she added.

Another feather to her blossoming career was to receive an invitation with other fellow skaters to a rehearsal and training session with the Disney on Ice skaters.

“That was awesome I still have vivid memories of that encounter,” Talullah remembered. Mfundo Memani said he was very proud of his cousin

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