first_imgMountain climber Ross Miller in action.RESPECTED Brisbane mountain climber Annette Miller sold her family home at auction on Saturday, nine years after losing her husband in a mountain climbing tragedy at Mt Lindesay on the Queensland/New South Wales border.25 Tamarang Street, Tarragindi.Mrs Miller was the first woman to climb Mt Tinbeerwah near Noosa on the Sunshine Coast and her husband Ross Miller was a professional rock climber with more than 20 years’ experience.Annette Miller at the auction of her Tarragindi home of 25 years.“Mountain climbing is about being out in nature, you forget everything except that square metre of rock in front of you and above you and it’s the challenge of whether you can ‘work the rock’,” Mrs Miller said.“And to do it with someone, like a soulmate or even a good friend, it’s an amazing experience because you’re both dependent on each other and your life is quite literally in the other person’s hands, there’s a lot of trust involved.”25 Tamarang Street, Tarragindi is also 46 O’Neil Street, Moorooka as it has a two-street frontage and is positioned at the boundary of two suburbs.Their four-bedroom, architect-designed home at 25 Tamarang Street, Tarragindi is on a 45 degree slope next to Toohey Forest Park and is packed with memories from a lifetime of hiking and climbing together.“It’s taken me a long time to get to this point where I felt I could let go of the house,” Mrs Miller said. “Ross and I pretty much had our whole relationship here … he did all the gardening and he also built the rock climbing wall downstairs,” she said.Great views from the deck.Place Graceville agent Karen Simons took the 1980s-built, three-level home to auction with two active bidders but a vendor bid of $850,000 was needed to break the ice.Architect Leon Burton raised the bid to $900,000 and after a short volley of bids the house sold to Mr Burton for $1.075m.“There’s not that classic street appeal but internally, it’s like a chalet,” Mr Burton said of the 1499sq m property.Built like a Swiss Chalet.“We’re not quite as adventurous as (Ross Miller) was but we are very active and we love bushwalking and we did notice the rock climbing wall. We might set that up.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours agoParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoMrs Miller has continued hiking and will travel to the Scenic Rim on the school holidays to be the Girraween National Park camp host.“You meet and greet campers and give them advice on where to go through the national parks,” she said.Annette and Ross met in 1990 while on a three day hike near Cunningham’s Gap in 1990.Their outdoor interests expanded to include cycling, skiing, rogaining, mountaineering and rock climbing.Their honeymoon in 1996 was a 20-day bushwalk in the spectacular West McDonnell Ranges in the Northern Territory, including the world-famous Larapinta Trail.The Larapinta Trail in Central Australia.FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more


first_imgThe women’s tennis team completed their three-game homestand this weekend, defeating LMU 5-2 on Friday and falling to UCSB 6-1 on Saturday. The Women of Troy are now 2-1 on the season. In the game against UCSB, senior Gabby Smith took part in the only wins of the day, both in her singles match and in her doubles match with sophomore Becca Weissmann. Becca Weissmann returns a shot against LMU. Photo by Sonny Dong | Daily Trojan.“Even though we lost, I thought that everybody really competed well, and there are places where we can improve,” Smith said. “It was a fun match. Obviously I want to win, but I want the team to win more.”Although the loss hurt them in the standings, coach Alison Swain sees the game against UCSB and LMU as learning experiences. “I think the girls had great insight after the match and clarity about how we’re going to handle being pushed by other teams,” Swain said. “And also what we did so well against LMU and in our win against San Diego, which was coming out with a lot of focused energy and cohesiveness as a team. I think the first three matches really shined a light on how important that is for us. So we’ll take that into this weekend and our upcoming matches for sure.”Sophomore Constance Branstine and her partner, senior Madison Westby, took home the first win of the game against LMU, defeating the other team 6-0. Branstine attributes her success to their consistency. “We were making our shots and sticking to the plan, and regardless of the score — we won that, I believe, 6-0 — our plan just worked every time, and all of our hard work that we did on the court really shone that day,” Branstine said. “I think that I executed my volleys really well, and Madison has a big serve, and she set me up really well, and vice versa. We work really well together.”Branstine is a transfer student from UC Irvine this year, and appreciates the culture and atmosphere of her new team. “I think that we all have the same goals in life, and with us all wanting to get better every day, and learn from our mistakes and from every match and practices,” she said. “I think that now I’m on a team where everybody just works really hard, and I’m so happy to be part of such an amazing atmosphere every day.”The next match the Women of Troy play will be at Clemson University on Jan. 26. Swain is ready for both the challenge and the learning lesson that a top team like Clemson will present. “We’re going to travel across the country, have a time change, be in a little different setting,” Swain said. “I think all those things are actually good for us. I want our team to be gritty and adaptable. It’s early season still, these are very important matches, but we’re also going to use them, win or lose, as stepping stones.”Looking at the rest of the season, Swain is content to let the players decide on how ambitious they would like to be. “I really let the girls set the outcome goal,” she said. “I think that’s up to them, that’s something they need to put out there and believe in. For me and for our coaching staff, it’s about them determining those, and then it’s about helping them lead the path to get there.”The team’s next home game will be against Cal on Feb. 23.last_img read more


first_imgBut the most coveted free agent in the Class of ’19 has done it the old fashioned way: Meeting with teams, listening to their pitches, taking his own sweet time to make sure he gets it right and even giving the incumbent, Toronto, one last opportunity to sway him. A decision could come any time, but I could see him actually waiting until Saturday, the day all of this stuff is supposed to become official, before making his decision.Most impressively, there have been no leaks throughout the process, unusual in an environment in which agents and executives more often resemble sieves. Keeping the details private seems to have been a test to determine which team or teams can be trusted, and that might have had its roots in the dispute with San Antonio Spurs management two years ago that led to Leonard being traded to Toronto.(Then again, there’s the Magic Exception. Leonard and his uncle/adviser Dennis Robertson met with Johnson on Sunday, and of course Magic blabbed the details. The fact he’s now merely a concerned observer rather than an executive, and the fact that he is, after all, Magic, might have earned him a pass.)Meanwhile, the wait has driven at least one fan base certifiably insane – and of course, it’s that of the Lakers, operating all along under the assumption that Kawhi would spurn the Clippers and Raptors and join LeBron James and Anthony Davis in purple and gold. Heck, they were thinking along those lines even when the team didn’t have a max salary slot to give. Portland star Damian Lillard (knee) to miss Game 5 vs. Lakers On Mamba Night, the Lakers make short work of Blazers to take 3-1 series lead Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and other NBA stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant That Lakers Exceptionalism/runaway enthusiasm certainly contributed to a number of false alarms posted on social media the past few days. My favorite fake Twitter report of a Kawhi signing with the Lakers came Sunday afternoon and was purportedly from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, right down to the head shot in his avatar.The giveaway? The imposter misspelled Wojnarowski’s name. (He spelled Kawhi correctly, so I guess we have to give him that.)The view here? Kawhi has earned the right to take his time. He has had three good options from which to choose – the champion Raptors, who could offer him the most money; a presumed Lakers superteam with James and Davis (but also a bunch of guys on minimum contracts); and a Clippers roster on which he would be a perfect fit and in all likelihood the missing piece.While Kawhi could wait and ponder with the knowledge the money would be there, the mad rush by others Sunday to lock down contracts ASAP suggests players were afraid cap space would disappear if they didn’t move urgently.Have we said the opening of free agency was a joke? Let’s expand upon that. The NBA needs to revise its business calendar, because the current model isn’t fooling anybody. Or are you OK with the idea that the Lakers made a huge, franchise-altering trade and can’t officially comment on it (beyond a nudge and a wink) for 21 days?Related Articles Kawhi Leonard is an old soul in a young man’s body. I am guessing he stops behind the crosswalk on red lights and never, ever, pulls the tag off of a pillow under penalty of law, even when he’s the consumer.He certainly has observed the rules when it comes to his first foray into free agency, maybe to a fault. And it has driven people in two cities crazy.All around Camp Leonard, there was chaos over the weekend. The 3 p.m. PDT opening of the negotiating window turned out to be a joke. Kevin Durant posted news of his contract agreement with Brooklyn on Instagram a couple of minutes after 3, and more than $1.7 billion in contracts had been negotiated in less than two hours according to the reports that broke one after another. By the end of the day Sunday the tally had surpassed $3 billion. Either those players and agents and teams are lightning-quick negotiators, or else a lot of groundwork had been laid before it was legal to do so.(Stay tuned. We’ll double back to that issue.)center_img Nobody observes the negotiating limits. That’s obvious. And the tampering rules, selectively enforced as they are, are laughable to the point of irrelevancy. Does it really solve anything, for example, to fine a coach simply for commenting on a player’s skills, as the NBA did to Doc Rivers? (Hint: Doc didn’t say anything on ESPN that he hasn’t said when we’ve asked him about Kawhi in pre- and postgame interviews. I guess the latter constitutes free speech.)If it’s going to be the Wild, Wild West, let’s go all the way. Rather than starting the league’s business year on July 1, start it the day after the NBA Finals end. By then, the cap number for the coming season should be established.Allow teams to make and announce deals – which, among other things, will get rid of the absurdity of a drafted player walking on stage in the cap of a team that got rid of him two trades ago. Allow the negotiation process with free agents to begin, legally and openly, that day after the Finals. If the idea is to maintain that “free agent frenzy” atmosphere, make June 30 the opening bell for official signings.And here’s an idea: Make the free agent signing period a week long. July 6 can forever be known as the Kawhi Leonard Deadline.jalexander@scng.com@Jim_Alexander on Twitter For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’ Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more