The 2013 Bad Mother Open is in the record books with the biggest attendance ever!! Sixty-four athletes came together to do battle with the iron on Saturday, August 24th at Thrush Sports Performance in Sumner, Washington. The meet was filled with many fine performances, such as Junior Best Lifter 17 year old Daniel Wiitanen’s excellent 141 Kgs. C&J done having had football practice just prior to the meet that morning. This Calpian lifter has just traveled internationally as a member of the previous two United States World Youth Championship teams. Also a highlight was the terrific Calpian Master lifter Robert Arroyo who established a new national standard in the snatch of 122 Kgs. at the young age of 46. Robert recently proudly represented the Calpian WLC and the United States in winning the Pan American Championships in Chicago. Weightlifting in the Northwest is on the upswing and Thrush Sports Performance is very happy to be part of bringing this wonderful sport to a larger audience. Happily, the Crossfit phenomenon is sparking the interest in weightlifting as athletes look for ways to improve technique. This seems to lead them invariably to competition and greater appreciation and growth in our sport. We openly welcome all these new competitors and look forward to many excellent competitions like the Bad Mother. By way of information to file away, next year will be the 20th anniversary of the Bad Mother, and we are hoping, and planning, to return the meet to the outdoors like the originals. Please plan to be part of this historical, nationally known competition!!!!!!!