By GUY WILLIAMS
Promising Queenstown ice hockey player Tallulah Bryant is living and breathing hockey in
Canada for the next 10 months.
Tallulah, who’s just turned 17, flew out three weeks ago to join the A21 Academy, a private
school in Windsor, Ontario, with intensive ice hockey and golf programmes.
Mum Tania Pimm says her daughter’s weekdays consist of study, hockey and gym training
from 8am to 5pm, then games on the weekend for the academy’s under-18 team.
Tallulah was talent-spotted by a friend of her A21 coach while playing at the Olympic Youth
Games in Switzerland early last year, Pimm says.
A scholarship offer by the academy made the opportunity too good to pass up.
Billeted with the family of a teammate, she’s ‘‘loving it’’ so far, and has the option of returning for another year.
‘‘Since she’s been there I’ve hardly heard from her.
‘‘The kids are pretty motivated and driven, there’s a lot of structure, there’s a lot of hockey and a lot of school work as well.’’
Since taking up the game at 10, Tallulah’s captained Stampede’s mixed U15 and U18 teams, and played for the Queenstown Rangers U18s and women’s side Wakatipu Wild.
Playing at wing or centre, she’s also played for the national U18 team for the past two years.
Pimm says she brings great focus and passion to the game.
The A21 coach recently contacted her to say Tallulah has ‘‘great natural ability and talent’’.
By her own observation, she thinks her daughter has natural leadership qualities and a ‘‘good read of the game’’, Pimm says.
Her goals are to ‘‘have fun playing hockey and play at a high level’’.