TV Presenter | Sports Journalist | Host
Since 1980 Mark Aiston has been working in the Australian TV and radio industry as a Sports host, a radio commentator and radio show host. He has done most of his work in Adelaide, building a significant following throughout his career.
But in 2016 Mark’s life changed forever. He lost his high profile roles in TV and radio, and his marriage collapsed. His downfall, not only affected him, but his family, friends, workmates and those who followed him throughout his media career. On Thursday 28 March at 3 pm in the afternoon on a gloomy overcast day Mark boarded a flight from Adelaide to Melbourne. There he would stay for two months at the Hader REHAB Clinic, in a last ditch effort to overcome addiction to Marijuana, alcohol cocaine and gambling. All of which had robbed him of his family, job, friends, soul and in the end the will to live. Since leaving the Hader Clinic, mark has continued his sobriety, and is in the best space of his life.
At 60 years of age, Mark says he never ever wants to go back to where he was, and he will do everything in his being to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Mark’s message is not just extremely powerful and raw, it is uncomfortable for many. He holds nothing back, telling openly and honestly of his spiral into the darkest of holes. He talks explicitly of his drug taking, why how and when, his major mistakes under the influence of alcohol, mistakes that cost him his marriage and his jobs and he speaks with candour and emotion about the damage he inflicted on himself and everyone around him through gambling. Mark has been an advocate for mental health for 20 years. But as he freely admits, for much of that time he felt a fraud.
Now, truly enlightened, clean and sober, and loving himself for the first time Mark has an unshakable desire to stay that way and through his presentation, in which he warns others about wandering onto the path that is darkly lit, dangerous and totally unpredictable, a path he once frequented and instead offering another root, one that is bathed in sunshine, hope, love, companion, responsibility and abundance. Mark uses no props, no powerpoint, no slides, just himself and his voice as he reflects on his backstory, and basks in his present and future. His vignettes will bring you to tears, in both sadness and joy, but one thing is for certain, you will leave empowered like you have never been before.
Mark is also in demand as a host and facilitator for conventions and forums and is extremely excited about his brand new Media Training Master Class. This exclusive, behind the scenes look at the media is specially tailored for the organisations, businesses or industries attending the convention. His Media Training Master Class is unique, funny, interactive, fast paced, entertaining and extremely informative. Mark, has cleverly distilled a “one day” media training workshop into a 50 minute whirlwind of powerful insider media tips brilliantly utilising video clips and props.
Mark has worked on various national events including the Melbourne Cup, Sydney Olympics, Melbourne Commonwealth Games, Toyota AFL grand Final lunch, Australian Formula One GP, Bathurst, Gold Coast Indi, Australian Moto GP, Sydney to Hobart, and the World Netball Championships. With Mark you get a highly professional, humorous, fast thinking and entertaining asset for your corporate event.
Mark is also an ambassador for a number of charities and organisations. He is particularly passionate about helping fight depression and addiction and works closely with The South Australian mental health Commission.