2015 Dariotis Memorial Weightlifting Championships

The 7th Annual Dariotis Memorial Weightlifting Championships will be held on January. 3rd at Thrush Sports Performance/Imperial Crossfit at 705 West Meeker in Kent. For those of you who don’t know, this meet is to honor Chris Dariotis Sr. who was a prominent athlete, coach and benefactor of our sport. It is especially appropriate on this Veterans Day to remember Chris also for his valor as a member of the Greek Resistance and of the OSS, the forerunner of the CIA, during World War II. I was proud to call him my friend and my mentor


Ok weightlifting enthusiasts, we know this is pretty short notice, but Thrush Sports Performance Center has decided to throw another meet this coming up February! The 2014 BIG MOUNTAIN SENIOR & JUNIOR OPEN WEIGHTLIFTING CHAMPIONSHIPS will be held on February 22nd, 2014! That is just a sort 4 weeks from now so PLEASE get your entry blanks in ASAP! Read carefully as we have made some changes to the start list in comparison to our last few meets i.e. weight class changes and times! We look forward to seeing everyone there!


62174_10101839210389538_1426465272_nAlso dont forget to send your good luck vibes and wishes to junior lifter Daniel Wiitanen and Coach John Thrush as they head out to the Junior Nationals next weekend where is prime and looking to hit some serious weights!

2013 American Opens

4 Calpians will be competing in the 2013 American Opens coming up December 5th-9th. Lets wish them all a huge good luck and pray for save travels and great lifting!  I know they will all appreciate all of your support and thanks! Here is a list of each Calpian and when they are scheduled to lift incase you want to watch them on the live feed! Remember Dallas, Texas is 2 hours ahead of Washington state!


Paula Arand: as a 58kg 0r 63kg lifter she got lucky and both lift at the same time so saturday night at 730pm (530pm our time)


Ryan Reiss: 85kg lifter will lift friday night at 6pm (4pm our time)


Jeff Serven: 94kg lifter will lift friday at 330pm (130pm our time)


Trique Meininger: 77kg lifter will lift saturday morning at 10am (8am our time)


2014 Chris Dariotis Memorial Weightlifting Championships Jan. 4th, 2014

Next up for the Calpians and Thrush Sports Performance Center weightlifting meets is the Annual Chris Dariotis Memorial Weightlifting Championships!  This meet will be held on Jan, 4th, 2014 so lets get the NEW YEAR started off with a big bang! We usually get a group/team from Canada that travels down to compete which makes it all the more exciting! Here is the entry blank and we look forward to seeing everyone again!


Robbie Arroyo with a Masters National Record Snatch of 122kg at 85kg weight class!

robbie 122kg snatch


2013 bad Mother Open Championships!

Alright everyone, its that time of the year again! The 2013 Bad Mother Open Championships are just around the corner.  Here is the Entry Blank, Please get them turned in ASAP!  On your Entry Blank please also state your T-shirt size clearly so we can make sure to have your size! Any questions you might have please address them to our email at calpiansweightlifting@gmail.com or on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Thrush-Sports-Performance/109980862346248

2013 Bad Mother open Championships


Not Open Monday the 3rd! Also a Mini Update….

Since it is Labor day this week we will not be open this coming up Monday September 3rd!

I know we havent made any posts for awhile but to be honest there hasnt been much to post since the Bad Mother Open! All the Calpians are either nursing injuries are just starting new training programs and working up to new goals for either the October 13th meet or pushing thru that one all the way to the American Opens in December! Many of us are nursing some major injuries that have occurred and others have been in and out of the hospital for health reasons or even surgeries! Its been dead at the gym since the Bad Mother…we are just all trying to either get healthy or maintain staying as healthy as we are right now!
On a bright note though, Ashley Perkovich has been away at the OLYMPIC TRAINING CENTER for a 2 1/2 week training camp session and hopefully comes back stronger than ever….knowing her it is without doubt that she will!!!

Also 16 year old Daniel Wiitanen is preparing for the YOUTH WORLDS CHAMPIONSHIPS in SLOVAKIA…he leaves September 16th and competes on the 20th…that is all we know as of now…things are subject to change…but this is a huge feat for a 16 year old who rarely even gets to focus on any training at all to come out of nowhere and be the #2 ranked YOUTH LIFTER in the country!!! GOOD LUCK DANIEL!!!