Chalmers, Angela

CHALMERS, Angela, runner (b 6 Sept 1963, Brandon, MB). The daughter of a Scottish father and Sioux mother, she moved with her family to NANAIMO and later to VICTORIA. She won a spot on the 1984 Canadian Olympic team and in 1990 won gold medals in the 3,000 m and 1,500 m at the Commonwealth Games. Her most celebrated accomplishment was winning a bronze medal for Canada in the 3,000 m at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. After winning another Commonwealth 3,000-m gold in 1994 (see BRITISH EMPIRE AND COMMONWEALTH GAMES), she finished fourth in the 1,500 m at the 1995 world championships, then set a women's record in the 10 km VANCOUVER SUN Run in 1996. Her career was interrupted in 1996 when a calf injury prevented her from competing at the Atlanta Olympics but she attempted a comeback 2 years later. Throughout her involvement in track and field, Chalmers acted as a spokesperson for aboriginal empowerment and anti-drugs and alcohol campaigns. See also TRACK AND FIELD.
by Silas White