Apartments offer refreshing take on Gold Coast lifestyle

first_imgA bedroom.The space has been reconfigured into four apartments, each offering a refreshing take on life at Golden Gate and each with their own distinctive floor plans.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours agoOne of the apartments has an upstairs bedroom, while another features a lower-level master bedroom with ensuite.The one-bedroom apartment offers a spacious 78 sqm of living area while the largest apartment comprises 152 sqm, offering two bedrooms plus study, and two bathrooms. One of the lounge rooms.Golden Gate, a gateway property on the northern end of Surfers Paradise, offers resort-style facilities including two pools, tennis courts and barbecue areas dotted across the manicured grounds of the property. The apartments are being marketed by Jackson Paradise and Jordan Thams of Ray White Surfers Paradise. Four renovated apartments in the Gold Coast’s landmark Golden Gate building are being served up at auction on January 28, 2018.FOUR newly renovated apartments in the Gold Coast’s landmark Golden Gate building are being served up at auction on January 28.The garden-level apartments, a one-bedroom and three two-bedroom residences, are in an area once occupied by a Chinese restaurant.center_img The dining room and kitchen.They are being offered with vacant possession, and would suit both owner-occupiers or investors.“The location ensures strong returns for investors, and all the benefits of a cosmopolitan lifestyle for owner-occupiers,” said Mr Paradise.“The owners are motivated, so we expect these properties will sell. They will be looking at all offers.”The apartments are going to auction at Ray White Surfers Paradise Group’s The Event, which kicks off today at 11am.last_img read more

The life of a student-athlete in the Final Four

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS — Forgive Gordon Hayward for daydreaming.Twenty-four hours before the biggest game of his life, the Butler star will be sitting in a lecture hall instead of a locker room. His hometown Bulldogs might be the toast of college basketball, but that won’t get the sophomore out of attending class the day before taking on Michigan State in the Final Four. Thanks to an unbalanced schedule (who takes Friday classes anyway?) and a bracket-busting run through the NCAA Tournament, Hayward is scheduled to study applied mathematics before studying the Spartans on Friday.Such is the life of a student-athlete in the Final Four.Butler teammate Shelvin Mack said as soon as his Thursday news conference was over, he had to run back to the team hotel and write a four-to-six page paper.Such is the life of a student-athlete in the Final Four.But not all of the athletes are able to stay afloat academically as much as Mack and Hayward. Some players feel as if they are totally immersed athletically and will just have to deal with classes once they get back to campus after the tournament.“The last two weeks, I’ve been to maybe four classes total,” Butler center Matt Howard said. “It feels like an extended spring break, you can’t really beat that. You’re playing basketball and that’s about all there is. That’s a college player’s dream.”Juggling academics and athletics is a laborious task amid a month appropriately known as “March Madness.” And when you’re forced to spend a majority of the time away from your classrooms and teachers, it can be a particularly difficult one, too.“We were in San Jose and Salt Lake City for the tournament,” Hayward said, “and right before that we had spring break. We’ve missed almost a month of school probably.”Such is the life of a student-athlete in the Final Four.Making up missed lectures and assignments can be a heavy burden, and one that falls on the players and the team’s academic support staff. But when factoring in games, travel, practices, film sessions, team meals, team meetings, medical treatments, media availability and pep rallies, you’re not left with a whole lot of time to hit the books. It is the ultimate test in time management. Find a way to keep your grades up, while also finding a way to keep your hardwood dreams alive.Some schools consider themselves well-trained experts in that area, such as Michigan State, which has been to six Final Fours in their last 12 years under head coach Tom Izzo.“We’ve had so much success that we have a nice template for dealing with the tournament,” said Jim Pignataro, Michigan State’s director of student-athlete support services.The proactive plan takes chance out of the equation. Spartan players prepare for a Final Four run in February, getting ahead on their class work and doing as much as they can academically before the athletic portion of their lives ramps up. Tutors aren’t allowed to travel with the team, but nightly study sessions are as commonplace as wind sprints in the Breslin Center. In his 15th year with the Spartans, Pignataro said he has learned to try and work with the players individually, because each one faces different circumstances and different classes.Players from all four schools benefit from having understanding professors. When your excuse for missing class is, “I’m playing in the Final Four,” and not, “My dog ate my homework,” teachers tend to be a bit more flexible. And with paper syllabuses becoming a thing of the past and online classes becoming more and more prevalent, Pignataro said it is becoming even easier for students to keep up during the season.Take Spartan senior Raymar Morgan, an advertising major, for example. Morgan has been taking advertising classes for four years and his professors know this time of the year tends to be busy for the basketball team.“They know him. They know he’s responsible. They know he’s busy. We work something out ahead of time and we almost never have a problem,” Pignataro said.The same is the case at Duke, where Academic Coordinator Kenny King oversees the team’s academic work.“I tell the players at the beginning of every semester that the best way to prepare for conference and postseason travel is to build strong relationships with their professors and that starts with great communication,” he said.King said the players do as much as they can before they leave and frantically try and catch up once they get back, but a lot of their class work is done on the run, which he described as no easy task.“Over the past three weeks, we’ve submitted multiple papers and had to prepare for multiple exams the Monday or Tuesday immediately following our first four rounds,” he said. “We have had to carve time out on the road to make sure we are prepared for the next play, so to speak.”Senior guard Nolan Smith said King does a good job of staying up on them, whether it be a 9 a.m. wake-up call reminding them to go to class or helping them back at the team hotel with an assignment.“Our focus is on a national championship, but we also have to take care of our responsibilities in the classroom,” Smith said. “We are still student-athletes, and the student comes first.”While Hayward and Howard said classes are few and far between in the month of March, West Virginia Educational Counselor Erica Wycherley said her players have been able to attend classes with some regularity at the beginning of the week.“You don’t hear much about the other half of their lives, but these kids are still engaged,” she said, “they are still very much involved.”With all of their tournament games being played in New York leading up to the Final Four, the Mountaineers have done more than their fair share of commuting. But Wycherley said players have been able to get back to campus to touch base with teachers. And although the school is currently on spring break, Wycherley said she doesn’t have a hard time convincing her players to study when the time comes.“The players know I’m pretty reasonable,” she said. “I try and keep a fair balance, because I understand what they have to do basketball-wise. It’s not like I’m saying, ‘Da’Sean (Butler), you have to be in study hall every day on this trip.’ It’s, ‘Okay, let’s set some time aside to get this done and we’ll work at it one piece at a time.”And if that doesn’t work, Wycherley said she could always turn to the coaching staff to provide a bit of extra incentive.“We used to do something that whenever someone missed study hall or a meeting with a tutor they had to flip this massive tractor tire 200 yards,” she said.But for the most part, such punishment is never needed. Wycherley said the players often call her for help and are aware they’ll have plenty to do once returning to campus — national championship trophy in-hand or not.“They are going to have to work double time compared to the average student because they are behind,” she said. “I don’t think people realize the actual time commitment of playing and traveling.”Hayward does. He’s already planning on being swamped once things quiet down and his college life is restored to some form of normalcy.But for now, Hayward will keep living the dream, and likely keep daydreaming as he sits through one last math class wondering what the weekend will hold.“The teachers have been really helpful to us,” he said. “When we go to class, a lot of it is, ‘Congrats’ and ‘Just do what you can do and do the rest when you come back.’” Such is the life of a student-athlete in the Final Four.A team of Indiana University journalists is reporting for the Final Four Student News Bureau, a project between IU’s National Sports Journalism Center and the NCAA at the men’s tournament in Indianapolis.last_img read more