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Saturday 27-Aug-2016
【信報:寄宿學校攻略】名校出奧運精英

奧運剛圓滿結束,大家在讚嘆菲比斯的驕人成就、傾倒在傅園慧的洪荒魅力、全力為港隊吶喊打氣之餘,可也留意英國隊的表現?

 

英國隊今年派出了366人出戰里約奧運,人數比上屆大為遜色。當然啦,上屆倫敦奧運英國是東道主,氣勢自然不一樣。話說4年前英國隊名單一出時,曾經引起討論,大家可知道是為什麼?

 

答案是:英國隊的奧運代表,原來不少是私立學校出身。此話題一經發酵,《星期日電訊報》便馬上來計數,發現在當時派出的542名奧運選手中,有440名可追溯其學歷背景,當中兩成選手來自獨立的私家學校。

 

20%奧運代表來自私立學校這數字好像不值得大驚小怪。然而如果考慮到,英國其實有93%是3至18歲的學童就讀於公立學校,那麼私立學校出產奧運選手的比例,便顯得相當驚人。

 

英國《衛報》根據倫敦奧運作分析,發現英國各私立學校中,位於Somerset的Millfield成績是最彪炳。上屆出產的5位奧運參賽選手皆來自不同項目,當中射擊的Peter Wilson及划艇的Helen Glover更加為英國摘金。後者今年在里約再下一城,為英國奪金。

 

划艇是英國隊的強項,更擁有自己船庫的The King’s School, Chester,在運動員培訓上便佔了地利,難怪上屆此校出了3名奧運划艇選手,其中Tom James更是在2008年北京奧運及2012年倫敦奧運,都能在男子四人單槳划艇賽中蟬聯金牌寶座。

 

老牌公學人才濟濟

老牌公學伊頓歷代人才濟濟,在出產奧運選手方面亦不甘示弱。新鮮滾熱辣替英國隊在里約奧運男子四人划艇中奪金的伊頓仔Constantine Louloudis,上屆出戰男子划艇八人賽亦得到了銅牌。同樣狀態一屆比一屆勇,連續3屆奧運在綜合馬術項目中都有獎牌落袋的William Fox-Pitt,亦是伊頓校友。

 

除此之外,Bradford Grammar、The King’s School、Parkstone Grammar School、Canterbury及Exeter School、Norwich High School for Girls在培育精英運動員代表英國出戰奧運,都要記上一功。

 

隨著港隊在奧運成績屢有突破,香港人對奧運熱情愈來愈高漲,以上資料作為茶餘飯後的話題很有趣,如若真有野心想栽培自己或子女成為明日奧運之星的話,將這些當作留英升學資訊來參考,也頗有價值。

 

(原文刊載於信報《銘想英國》專欄:http://www1.hkej.com/dailynews/culture/article/1377237/

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