The BBC is reporting that the proportion of Team GB medal winners who were state-school educated has grown since London 2012, according to an education charity.
Just under a third (32%) of Team GB’s medal winners went to private school, down from 36% four years ago, suggests analysis by the Sutton Trust.
The new generation of state-educated athletes is challenging private school dominance, says the charity.
Sutton Trust chairman Sir Peter Lampl described the findings as “fantastic”.
The Sutton Trust, which campaigns to increase social mobility through education, analysed the school background both of medal winners and Team GB members overall.
Fewer than a third of the 130 Team GB medallists at the Rio Olympics attended fee-paying schools.
While the 13 most successful Olympians – those who won multiple medals at Rio – were more likely to come from state schools, says the charity.
What do you think? Was Rio 2016 a triumph for social mobility in education? Does going to private success give young athletes the best chance of success? Let us know your thoughts in the comments or via Twitter ~ Jon
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