MOULTRIE, Ga - The sport of diving has found a home in south west Georgia thanks to the tireless efforts of one man. In the 1960’s Robert “Moose” Moss dug a pool in to his land and installed two diving boards to teach his children the sport.
That would be the beginning of a diving dynasty in Colquitt County. “He turned in to this kind of legend in Moultrie,” tells FSU diver and former member of the Moss Farms Diving Team Kelsey Goodman.
In the early 1990’s Moss was responsible for spearheading the campaign for a state of the art diving facility to be built in downtown Moultrie. With the help of the community Moss was able to make diving accessible for anyone that wanted to come and try the sport. According to current Moss Farms head coach Ed Goodman, “We want to keep costs down so anybody can come and do it. All the businesses in the community back us and everybody in this town helps make this program work.”
The Moss Farms Diving Tigers have produced numerous state and national champions, but as a program they are most proud of the student athletes that have gone on to become collegiate divers.
UGA signee Elizabeth Ann Kirkland tells us “Being able to be a collegiate diver from Moultrie is a huge honor. All the hard work that Moose did…I’m so thankful because without that I wouldn’t be here.”