MOULTRIE – Two more members of the Moss Farms Diving family will be inducted into the Georgia Aquatic Hall of Fame later this month. Both are related to a member of the organization’s inaugural class, Robert Clayton “Moose” Moss.
Jane Austin Harding “Janie” Moss, Moose’s wife, and Clayton Moss, his grandson, are among the five people to be honored at the organization’s induction banquet to be held Aug. 24 at the Atlanta Athletic Club.
The inductions of Janie Moss and Clayton Moss will bring the number of Moss Farms Diving alumni in the Hall of Fame to five.
Lauryn McCalley Niday and Lane Bassham Winchester were inducted in 2016 and 2018 respectively.
Janie and Moose Moss co-founded Moss Farms Diving in 1964. She served for many years as its chief executive officer and chief financial officer.
While Moss Farms divers were winning 26 Junior Olympic National Championships, nine Senior National Championships, eight international titles and numerous other honors, Janie Moss handled the important behind-the-scenes tasks that made Moss Farms Diving one of the most successful programs in the country.
And for more than 30 years, she also was the state registration chairman for Georgia Diving and served as the liaison between Georgia Diving and U.S. Diving.
Janie was born on Feb. 7, 1919, in Champaign, Ill., and grew up on the campus of the University of Illinois, where her father was the director of bands for 43 years.
A model, fashion designer and stewardess, she married Moose Moss in 1946 and moved to Colquitt County where she raised their children Steve, Merry Lynn, Rick and Peggy Moss Benner.
Janie Moss died in 1993 at age 85.
Moose and Janie’s grandson Clayton, who was named after his grandfather, is perhaps the most outstanding male diver produced by the Colquitt County program.
Training under his grandfather, Jay Lerew and Wenbo Chen, he was a member of the U.S. Junior National Team from 1993-1999 and a member of the U.S. Senior National Team from 2001-2004.
Diving for Colquitt County High, he was the Georgia High School Association state championship in 1998 and 1999.
He went on to have an outstanding career at the University of Kentucky, where he was a four-time Southeastern Conference champion and a three-time SEC Diver of the Year.
Clayton Moss was an 11-time NCAA All-American and was the NCAA National Diver of the Year in 2003.
He competed in the FINA World Championships in Guangzhou, China, in 1995 and in Waldkraiburg, Germany, in 1997. He won three gold medals in 1998 when the Can-Am-Mex Championships were held at the Moose Moss Aquatic Center.
As a member of the U.S. Senior Diving Team, he was a finalist on the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards in the FINA World Diving Grand Prix in Moscow in 2002 and was a silver medalist on 3-meter at the 2004 Speedo American Cup.
Clayton won four gold medals at the Janis Hope Dowd Nike Cup Championships and also qualified for the 2004 US. Olympic Trials, finaling in both the 3-meter and 3-meter synchro events.
In 2011, he followed his grandfather in being inducted into the Colquitt County Sports Hall of Fame.
Also to be inducted in the Georgia Aquatic Hall of Fame on Aug. 24, are swimmer Jeff Vance and long-time coaches Kathy McKee and Jon Howell.