Ailish Sheehan – Statement from University of London Boat Club

We are devastated to learn of the death of our member Ailish Sheehan following an accident after the 2016 FISU World University Championships for Rowing in Poznan, Poland on Sunday 4th September where Ailish had competed in the British Womens coxless four winning a bronze medal.

Club chief coach Phil Gray said “The whole club is devastated by this news. Not only was Ailish a top Oarswoman with a significant future in the international side of the sport but she also lit up the club with her humour and laughter. She was a great example to younger members and starting next year without her is hard to imagine at the moment especially as she had been elected vice captain. But our main thoughts are with Ailish’s family who obviously meant so much to her”

Zoe Parish, Chair of the University of London Boat Club Trust said “We are all shocked at this appalling news and are quite sure the whole rowing community will feel the same. We will be opening a “book of remembrance” for people to record their memories of Ailish which we hope might provide a small measure of comfort for her family and friends.

James Richards ULBC men’s captain said “Ailish was an exceptional athlete. She was mentally one of the strongest people I knew in all aspects of life. She had a relentless infectious energy that made everyone better themselves. She was inspirational. UL will truly miss her. My thoughts and those of UL go out to her sisters and her parents.”

Lottie Bruce ULBC women’s captain said ”Ailish was the most gutsy and remarkable girl I had ever had the pleasure of meeting.  Her strength shone through but she kept humble about her successes. A true role model for all at UL. I am so proud to call her my teammate and friend. She will be missed. The stars are shining bright for you Ailish”

Ailish joined ULBC at the start of the 2015/16 academic year coming from Notre Dame University in the US where she had been a member of their first Varsity eight. During the year she won a gold medal at the British Universities Championship in the women’s coxed 4, Senior fours at Henley women’s regatta and a bronze medal at the recent FISU World University Championships.

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