The Big Cheese

Life in the time of COVID-19 with Brisbane Showgrounds’ Catrin Saunders

This week, we’re seeing what gets Brisbane Showgrounds’ senior business development manager ticking, and it’s no surprise that it involves caffeine.

What are you reading?

The Paper House by Anna Spargo-Ryan.

What are you watching?

I just finished Ozark and I am now watching The Last Dance, and dipping my toe into the craziness of Tiger King.

What are you listening to?

Spotify and podcasts – Fearlessly Failing with Lola Berry, in particular. And I love a good TED Talk.

What are you cooking?

Anzac cookies and scones.

How are you staying fit both physically and mentally?

We have started a daily team physical challenge of jump squats and push-ups. It reminds us to move our bodies and gives us something to laugh about.

What’s the one thing keeping you sane?

A daily walk to my little hole-in-the-wall coffee shop.

What’s something positive you’ve witnessed or experienced since the coronavirus hit?

A letter from my neighbour offering support if needed. I love when asking people how they are we are now listening to the answer – it’s no longer small talk.

What have you learned about yourself amid the crisis?

That I don’t need to see someone face to face to feel connected.

What’s your advice for others in the travel industry on coping with the crisis?

We are all in this together and we are an industry that thrives on challenges, and we will come out stronger and more united than when we went in.