Thelma Payne

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Thelma Payne
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Personal information
Born July 18, 1896 in
Salem, Oregon, United States
Died September 7, 1988 (aged 92)
Laguna Niguel, California, United States
Height 1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)
Sport Diving
Club Multnomah AC, Portland
Coached by Jack Cody

Thelma R. Payne (later Sanborn, July 18, 1896 – September 7, 1988) was an American diver won the bronze medal in the 3 meter springboard at the 1920 Summer Olympics. She also won the springboard at the AAU Championships in 1918–1920.[1]

Thelma was AAU national champion in diving in 1918, 1919 and 1920.[2][better source needed]

After the 1920 Olympics she acted as a model for the Jantzen swimwear company; in 1926 she moved from Oregon to California, where she worked as a swimming instructor at the Breakers Beach Club in Santa Monica, the Jonathan Club, the Hollywood Athletic Club, and the LAAC.[2] In 1983 she was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame.[3]


  1. ^ "Thelma Payne Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at 
  2. ^ a b Olympian's Oral History Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles Interview March 1987 Oxnard CA between Anita DeFrantz and Thelma Payne Sanborn
  3. ^ "Swimming | Oregon Sports Hall of Fame & Museum".