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An in-depth analysis of how privately-educated athletes contributed to Team GB at London 2012 September 12, 2012

Posted by Jonathan Barnes, editor in Independent Education.
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It’s been the cause of much debate and consternation and, in some cases, myths and misinformation during Britain’s golden summer.

Now, Malcolm Tozer, editor of Physical Education and Sport in Independent Schools, has examined the facts and figures to present a comprehensive picture of how athletes who went to independent schools influenced the London Olympic games.

The essay, which is available on the website www.peandsports.co.uk, is a fitting postscript to a 300-page book that was released this summer, examining the past, present and future of sporting provision and physical education teaching in the UK’s independent schools.

It features contributions from leading names in both education and sport, including Olympic champion Jonathan Edwards, Paralympic legend Baroness Grey-Thompson and Rugby World Cup-winning coach and current director of elite performance at the British Olympic Association, Sir Clive Woodward.

Mr Tozer’s new essay, Contributing to Team GB at London 2012, identifies 93 athletes who were part of Team GB at London 2012 who were educated at independent schools, notes their achievements and looks at their influence in the team’s overall performance.

Ahead of the Olympics, Mr Tozer was asked to forecast how many privately-educated athletes would win medals at the Games, bearing in mind that the figure was 15 at the 2004 Athens games and 26 for the 2008 Beijing games.

He went for ‘more than 30’ and, like most sports fans this summer, he was in for a pleasant surprise…

The website also has a full table of independent school alumni who have represented their country at international level at any sport between 2000-12, fully updated after the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

To order a copy of Physical Education and Sport in Independent Schools, follow this link to visit our bookshop.

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