2021 Concept 2 Fall Team Challenge - Ailish Sheehan All Stars

2020 Fall Team Challenge – Ailish Sheehan All Stars

The Fall Team Challenge is a challenge where each team completes as many meters as they can collectively between 12:00 a.m. September 15 and 11:59 p.m. October 15. Within a team, each team member individually tries to reach either 100,000 meters or 200,000 meters.

The stats for the 2020 Challenge were quite impressive:

  • 905 Teams took part
  • 8376 Competitors from around the world entered the Challenge and they rowed a total distance of 1,015,122,525meters (the circumference of the Earth is 40 075 km therefore the combined rowing is equivalent to 25 times around the world or just slightly more than going to the moon and back).

One of the teams was the ‘Ailish Sheehan All Stars‘.

The Ailish Sheehan All Stars Team was created by Austin Milne as a tribute and in loving memory of his cousin Ailish Sheenan who passed away so young and so tragically following an accident after winning Bronze at the 2016 FISU World University Championships for Rowing in Poznan, Poland. She was only 23.

I would like to thank Austin for having me in his Team and a special thank you to my rowing partner Daniel Kendall for his coaching and motivation. Daniel is an inspiration: in this Challenge Daniel clocked 500,000m (500 Kms). Remarkable!

I did my 131,928m (131,9K).

Our team (the Ailish Sheehan All Stars Team) came 53 out of a total of 905 teams. The memory of Ailish Sheenan lives on – well done to all!


Ailish’s friends at the University of London Boat Club, Lottie Bruce and Georgia Statham, remember her.

On Friday, 9 September 2016, Ailish Sheehan sadly passed away in Poland following a tragic accident after the culmination of the 2016 FISU World University Championships for Rowing in Poznan, Poland on Sunday, 4 September.

Trying to put Ailish down on paper is quite simply impossible. Nothing can be said that would express the unfathomable wonderful person she was and will forever be remembered.

Ailish showed us how to be a true athlete. She helped us to expect more of ourselves, to chase our dreams unapologetically but most importantly, to enjoy the ride along the way. One could feel her genuine happiness when those around her achieved their goals and we know how unbelievably proud everyone around her was when she achieved hers; winning Womens’ Henley Regatta senior fours, winning numerous BUCS medals – including becoming BUCS indoor champion – and a bronze medal at the University World Games this summer.

Prior to rowing at the University of London Boat Club, Ailish learnt to row at St. Michael’s Rowing Club in Limerick before attending Notre Dame University in the United States, representing Ireland at the U23 World Championships in 2013.

Ailish has undeniably left a strong legacy at the University of London Boat Club. Since joining the club in September 2015, she was a formidable athlete and the core of our team; all athletes aspired to be like her. The commitment not only to her own training but to the team was inspiring, she was a role model as well as a team mate.

There was nothing quite like racing in a boat with Ailish; it meant it was going to do something special.

Above all, it has to be said, that Ailish’s flame burned too bright for it ever to be extinguished, her laugh far too loud for it ever to go silent, and was far too loved to ever leave our hearts.

Source: Obituary – Ailish Sheehan


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