Angela Coughlan attended M. M. Robinson High School in Burlington and showed promise as a swimmer from a young age. She won a bronze medal as a member of the 4x100m freestyle team at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City. Two years later, Coughlan went on to receive one gold, two silvers and one bronze at the British Commonwealth Games. For this effort, she was named the 1970 Canadian Female Athlete of the Year and the Canadian Female Swimmer of the Year. To this day Coughlan is a World Record Holder in the freestyle 1650 yard (mile) event. Today, the swimming pool adjacent to M.M. Robinson Secondary School bears her name. Coughlan was inducted into the Ontario Aquatic Hall of Fame in 1992, the Order of Ontario in 1995 and the Burlington Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. She passed away in 2009.