Mark Wales

Mark Wales

Special Ops Veteran  |  CEO  |  Entrepreneur  |  Australian Survivor Contestant
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About Mark

“Mark is an impressive speaker, delivering his message in a clear and engaging way that leaves his audience empowered to apply his invaluable lessons of strength and perseverance. ...”

Mark’s 16-year career with the Australian Military and six-year career with the SAS has taken him to the most remote of places overseas. As a Troop Commander in charge of 30 elite soldiers, Mark’s role was to lead combat missions deep behind enemy lines. Like many in his situation, Mark battled depression and stress disorders after warfighting in Afghanistan which he chose to tackle with the same intensity that he applied to Special Ops training. At the end of his career, he had completed 10 tours of duty to Afghanistan, Iraq, East Timor Lebanon and the Solomon Islands.

Mark’s successful recovery and growth led him to embark on a high-profile career in business. He studied with the Wharton School of Business – an Ivy League College in the U.S.A. before joining the elite consulting firm McKinsey &  Company in New York City. Mark was awarded a place in Wharton’s prestigious 40 under 40 awards for business excellence. Whilst attending Wharton, Mark finished in third place out of 1000 students in the Wharton Writing Contest.

In 2017, Mark was a popular contestant in Australian Survivor, and will be starring in the TV showThe World’s Toughest Race: Eco Challenge Fiji 2019 (screening worldwide in April 2020) He is a passionate owner of a tough-luxury ecommerce brand called Kill Kapture, and now works as a corporate speaker training thousands of clients each year in Australia and the U.S.A. Mark’s fiancé is Samantha Gash, an elite endurance athlete, and they have a 19-month old boy called Harry.

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Race facts:

671km, 66 teams  from 30 countries, 350+ athletes 700+ crew members.

“The most gruelling competition known to man”

From the creator of Survivor, and over 10 episodes, 66 teams descend upon Fiji to compete in the most epic global adventure race ever attempted. Bear Grylls hosts this 11-day expedition, over mountains, jungles, rivers, oceans, and swamp, that pushes competitors to their physical and emotional limits

For the veteran teams the goal is to win – but for most, the dream is to finish and prove to themselves and the world, that they can prevail in the World’s Toughest Race.

Samantha & Mark appear on Team Aussie Rescue and Sam is the leader of 3 men.

Samantha is a trailblazing endurance athlete, social impact entrepreneur and inspiring change leader with a focus on resilience.

Former SAS Troop Commander, Mark, is on a mission to educate others on leadership, strategy and peak performance whilst under stress.

Watch Amazon Prime Video on Friday, 14 August 2020 and follow their journey.