Renovation renaissance in Upper Mount Gravatt

first_imgThere is underfloor heating in the family bathroom.The Lay St property is close to Garden City, public transport and the M1. The home is being marketed by Tommy Connolly from Un Real Estate Agents for offers over $675,000.“This house is one that ticks all the boxes,” he said.“It has undergone a full renovation with no expenses spared and now has a modern design.” The home has been painted inside and out.The home was repainted and the carport got a makeover.“The house now has that homely appeal and character to it,” Mr van Schagen said.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Inside, polished timber floorboards and a white colour scheme feature throughout. The new kitchen has white cabinetry and stainless steel European appliances, including an induction cooktop.The bathroom is a standout, with underfloor heating, a freestanding bathtub and a rain shower.The open living area flows out to the back deck and the 660sq m block is fenced. The home at 24 Lay St, Upper Mount Gravatt is new to the market.THIS beautifully renovated home is new to the market in Upper Mount Gravatt. The property at 24 Lay St has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a double carport. Damian van Schagen and Jessica McIlwan bought the home in 2012 when it still had a 1970s feel about it, including retro carpets and different coloured wallpaper. The couple completely renovated the house and turned it into a modern family home.They ripped up the carpets to reveal timber floorboards, re-sheeted the walls, re-plumbed the house, replaced the roof and put in a new kitchen and bathrooms. center_img The kitchen has a modern design.Underneath the house there is a second bathroom with a shower and toilet, and a workshop area that could be used as a games room. Mr van Schagen said the home would suit a young family looking for a quiet street. “The big backyard is perfect for kids and the neighbourhood is great,” he said. “The neighbours are mostly older owner-occupiers and there are so many conveniences close by.” last_img read more

CBA’s Buddy Wleklinski earns 500th coaching victory

first_imgSeveral of Wleklinski’s players were on hand for this game to help him celebrate, though a more formal ceremony will take place next Tuesday prior to the Brothers’ game against Bishop Grimes.For 36 seasons as head coach, Wleklinski has symbolized continuity at the school, from having Ed Leone as his assistant coach for most of his tenure to handling the dual role as the school’s athletic director since 1989.Winning nearly 64 percent of his games and going 500-284 overall, Wleklinski has led CBA to eight sectional titles and the 1997 state Class C championship, and is honored in several ways, including the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame and the home court that bears his name. And it was there that the Brothers, once 1-4 this season, got to the milestone with its fourth win in five games, even though Wleklinski said he never brought it up with his players until the day of the game against Solvay.The Bearcats arrived at this game 7-2 and sporting a five-game win streak, but was without leading scorer Justin Scott, who was injured earlier in the week in Solvay’s win over Marcellus.Without Scott, the Bearcats managed to hang close for a while, even though CBA bolted out in front helped by Sam Haas hitting four 3-pointers in the first quarter. Haas finished with 17 points.Dan Anderson’s eight points in the second period helped the Brothers build a 35-28 halftime edge, and then CBA got away in the third quarter with a 12-1 run, sparked by Jason Boule, who scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half.Anderson produced a team-high 19 points as CBA pointed ahead to Tuesday’s game against Grimes – where the Cobras’ head coach, Bob McKenney, could get to 600 career wins.The Cobras, even without A.J. Burnett in the lineup,rolled past Chittenango 74-45 last Thursday night to get McKenney to 599 wins.Having beat Buffalo’s Cardinal O’Hara 73-68 earlier that week, Grimes returned to OHSL Liberty division action and built a 32-15 lead on the Bears with stifling defensive pressure.Then it got further away as Byam Mugushu, with a season-high 17 points, was one of four Cobras in double figures. Sylvester Seton had 11 points, with Ian Denton and Joe Wike getting 10 points apiece.Originally, Grimes was set to face Mekeel Christian Saturday, but its cancellation meant that it could happen at CBA just as Wleklinski is honored, a rare instance of two historical markers overlapping into a single night.Manlius-Pebble Hill took a 2-4 record into last Wednesday’s game at Tully and played a superb first half, especially on the defensive end, the Trojans steadily building a 25-17 lead.Yet the Black Knights turned it around with a 20-9 third-quarter push, eventually holding off MPH 55-49 as James Kelly still had 20 points and eight rebounds for the Trojans. Alex Abrams had 12 points, with Shontez Anderson getting nine points and 12 rebounds.MPH lost Friday to Onondaga 64-50, the Trojans dropping to 2-6 overall as Logan Nordman (17 points) and Nate Recor (14 points) led the way for the Tigers. In 1984, the assistant boys varsity basketball coach at Christian Brothers Academy was promoted to the head coaching position at his alma mater. He has stayed there ever since.And on Saturday night, when the Brothers defeated Solvay 67-47, Buddy Wleklinski reached 500 career victories, a mark only a handful of other Section III coaches have reached.“To be around for 500 wins is very fortunate and humbling,” said Wleklinski. “But I haven’t scored a basket or made an assist. The players have done that, so this is humbling.” Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: boys basketballCBAlast_img read more

Venus Williams: The champion trying to slam Sjogren’s syndrome

first_imgEveryone has had one of those mornings — you wake up groggy, can’t face going to work, dive back under the covers and go back to sleep.Venus Williams knows what that feels like.Once the world’s top woman tennis player, she is now rebuilding her career as she battles Sjogren’s syndrome, a debilitating autoimmune disease.It has forced the American to reevaluate her lifestyle and everything she had once taken for granted.”I realized I had to get working, so there were days at the beginning where I did feel like I wanted to stay in bed,” Williams told CNN’s Open Court.”But I don’t because it makes me anxious, I have to get to work. my motto now is that is all adds up, so if I can only do a little bit this day, it will add up, and it’s better than if I get discouraged and don’t do anything. That’s when I really start sliding downhill.” So the seven-time grand slam champion threw back the covers and, with the aid of a new exercise regime and a vegan diet, began to try to live with the illness — and continue to play professional sport.”It has been a challenge, and a challenge to myself, and really just knowing that I can’t be defeated by anything,” she adds.”Not being able to practice has most definitely affected my game … not really being able to work on the things you need to work on, just speed and agility.”I can’t get all those extra little things you need, and it’s hard to get motivated if you don’t feel well too.”There’s only so much you can do, so I’ve definitely had to adjust a lot but I just see it as a challenge because in my life I’ve never been defeated by anything. “I’ve lost and I’ve had to learn — but I’ve never had to lay down the towel, so to speak. “Sjogren’s is notoriously difficult to diagnose as it presents symptoms common with many other ailments. It is also incurable.In 2011 Williams revealed to the world she had the syndrome, which forced her to withdraw during that year’s U.S. Open.According to the Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation, around four million Americans have the illness, making it the second most common autoimmune disease after rheumatoid arthritis, and ahead of lupus. Around 90% of the people with the syndrome are women.Symptoms range from joint pain and dry mouth to having a burning sensation in the eyes, digestive problems and fatigue. First identified in 1933 by Dr. Henrik Sjogren, it can be treated with over-the-counter medicines such as eye drops and anti-dry-mouth medicine.Some patients wait over four years to be diagnosed and while Williams’ wait was lengthy, the news when it came was greeted with an overriding sense of relief not just by her, but by her younger sister Serena.”It was a relief to get the answers we didn’t have,” the 17-time grand slam winner told Open Court.”We wanted to know why she got tired and why she never woke up with any energy. I think overall, it was sad for us but at the same time we were happy that we knew what was wrong.”Serena, who has had health complications of her own having to recover from potentially fatal blood clots on the lungs, believes her sister is “so much happier and has been for a while,” after getting to grips with the syndrome. For Venus, who reigned supreme on the tennis court for long and so successfully, the realization that she was now facing a vastly different battle took some time to adjust to.At 33, some may suggest her best days may be behind her — not that you would have known it following her victory at last month’s Dubai Open.The 45th WTA title of her illustrious career was reward for an indefatigable spirit and determination which has been so sorely tested.Whether she can still challenge for a grand slam title remains open to question — not since 2008 has she triumphed at one of the sport’s top events.A five-time Wimbledon winner, the grass courts of the All England Club still remain her best hope of success, though she has not reached the final there since 2009, when she was beaten by her sister. “I would love to play and win another title at Wimbledon — that would be amazing,” says Venus, who lost in the first round of January’s Australian Open despite romping through the opening set.”I’m not limiting myself to that because I want to win them all, but you know the courts have changed so much. Back in the day when you go out in Wimbledon the first few days, you felt like you couldn’t play tennis and now you adjust so quickly.”The courts have become a lot slower, the game is a little bit different, but I still love the grass.”While Williams accepts she is entering the twilight of her career, that has not dulled her enthusiasm or ambition.Second-ranked Li Na won the Australian Open a month before she turned 32, while Serena — who is 33 in September — is the oldest No.1 in the history of the women’s game. Age is not a barrier according to Venus — not one that she is willing to accept, anyway.”I feel like I’m a great tennis player,” she says.”I know how to play the game and there’s such a trend of people playing until they are older because you know so much about the game.”If you continue to play, you can really use that knowledge and I want to be able to finish on my own terms.”I don’t want to be pushed out of the game because of other reasons other than that I wanted to leave. When I’m ready to go I’ll go — but at this moment I think I can still do it.”Whenever Williams does step away from tennis, she will have her hands full with an array of different projects.She already has her own successful fashion range, EleVen, which is now clothing several younger tennis stars on the circuit.On top of that, she also part-owns the Miami Dolphins NFL franchise, something she says is “wonderful to be a part of.”But she wants to be remembered for her achievements on the tennis court.Not all those grand slam victories and Olympic gold medals, or the incredible power and precision of her game — but for helping to bring the game to a new generation of fans around the world.”I think we all dream of winning tournaments but we don’t think of being more of a force in the game of tennis other than for ourselves,” she says.”For me that would be the best legacy.”last_img read more