Paralympian completes trans-Pacific journey

Paralympian completes trans-Pacific journey
Paralympian Angela Madsen surfing
Paralympian Angela Madsen surfing
Paraplegic Angela Madsen wins Bronze Medal in shot put 2012
Paraplegic Angela Madsen wins Bronze Medal in shot put 2012

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A train of supporters lined a dock at Waikiki Yacht Club Saturday evening. They were eagerly awaiting the arrival of two world class athletes.

"Just hurry up and wait," said Debra Madsen, one athletes’ wife.

Tara Remington of New Zealand is a world record holding ocean rower.

Angela Madsen of California is a former Marine who also holds records in the ocean.

The two journeyed from Long Beach to Honolulu on a small row boat.

They left California on May 20th. It was on July 19th at approximately at 9:00 p.m. that they finally touched land in Hawaii.

“It's just amazing to be finished. It's just been a long two months," said Remington.

“Well I'm hungry actually. I'm really hungry," Angela said.

There's one element that makes this story even more incredible. Madsen is paralyzed from the waist down.

"Yeah it's pretty amazing. I tell her all the time, she's the most amazing person I have ever met," said Debra.

The wounded warrior got injured in 1981. In 1993, her injury caused paralysis. It was then that Angela decided to change her outlook on life.

“It takes work, it takes training. You have to put in the 110 percent if you want to achieve something. But nothing's impossible," she said.

Madsen won a bronze medal at the 2012 Paralympics in London for shot put.

She has been inspiring people ever since.

"Just the fact that anybody in their normal mind, able body, would not be able to do this…yet she's paralyzed and she's done it," said supporter Peter Luscomb.

This isn't Madsen's first attempt across the Pacific. Last year, she had to be rescued by the Coast Guard.

This year, she made the journey with someone else. And together, they achieved the unimaginable.and hope others will be inspired by their story.

"Basically that people shouldn't set limits on themselves and they should just challenge themselves and if they have a goal or something and they wanna achieve it, they should just go for it and work," Angela said.

Two world records were set Saturday.

Angela Madsen is now the first paraplegic to row from California to Hawaii. The two together are now the first female pair of rowers to cross the Pacific Ocean from California to Hawaii.

Angela is raising funds for her California Adaptive Rowing Program. For more information visit

Remington is rowing for Charlotte Cleverly, a young girl who is a quadruple amputee as a result of meningitis. For more information visit

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