At the moment of her greatest triumph in winning the 3,000 m bronze medal at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, Angela Chalmers's thoughts were of her late father. "My dad was a big influence in my life although he died in 1984 before the Olympic trials," Chalmers said following the race. "I said to him when he was in the hospital that I wanted to prove to him that I could do it."
Chalmers attended Northern Arizona University. There she was an eight-time All American in track and field and cross-country running. In 1981 she participated in the Canada Summer Games in Thunder Bay. There she won Silver in the Women’s 1500m, and the Women’s 800m, as well as gold in the women’s 4x100m relay. Chalmers had her first taste of international success in 1984, winning the bronze in the 3,000 m at the World University Games in Kobe, Japan. That same year, she competed for Canada on four international cross-country teams including the World Championships team.
Her international breakout came in 1990. At the Commonwealth Games in Auckland, NZ, she struck gold in the 1,500 and 3,000m, becoming the first athlete ever to win both events. As a result Chalmers was named the Female Athlete of the Year by the Manitoba Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association and picked up the Athletics Canada Phil Edwards Trophy for outstanding athlete in track events.
Chalmers's 1992 Olympic bronze medal was only the second time a Canadian woman had medalled in the event. While that was definitely the high point of her running career, she still had two more highlights to add to her resume. First, she was the overwhelmingly popular choice to act as flagbearer for the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria leading the Canadian team into Centennial Stadium. Days later, she won the gold medal in the 3,000 m.
That performance and a gold medal in the 1,500 metres at the 1994 Grand Prix final led to Chalmers receiving the 1994 Aboriginal Achievement Award.