2014 Washington State Open Weightlifting Championships


Only 6 weeks left to train before the annual Washington State Open Weightlifting Championships! This is TSPC’s next week and its fast approaching! We will be holding it on September 27th, 2014! This will be the 79th time this even has been held which makes it the oldest weightlifting meet in the entire state by far!

With all the new rules USAW has recently implemented we just really don’t know when the last chance will be till they decide to announce it but John Thrush has vast knowledge with dealing with USAW and has made an educated guess! Hes pretty much never wrong so you can bank on it!

Also you will notice we have added the 85kg men into their own category as the majority of lifters in our last session at the Bad Mother Open were 85kg men and we all know how long that session lasted! We are hoping that trying our next meet out this way will work better for all, but please be patient! Its just an experiment we are trying! Hopefully it doesn’t backfire! But if you are an 85kg man then please be prepared to lift in the later session if not many show up!

Trique M.



August 9th, 2014 TSPC and the Calpians will be holding their annual Bad Mother Open Championships!

The event will be all day long as usual from 8:30am for the first weigh-ins until the big boys are done lifting and awards are handed out! I’m going to estimate like 9pm at the latest!

Don’t forget there are many different fun and crazy awards at this meet so not only can you win your weight class but you could win the BAD MOTHER AWARD and/or many others!

Also we will be going back to the old school days of having this meet outside in the gorgeous weather that Washington state has to offer during the summer so come prepared to be outdoors all day long


If you have any questions please feel free to ask on this event page and invite any and all that would be interested!

Thanks and see you all in a couple months! !


Level 1 Olympic Weightlifting Certification Clinic

Just a reminder to let those interested know that Thrush Sports Performance Center is hosting a USAW Level 1 Olympic Weightlifting Certification Clinic the weekend of February 8th-9th at Our training facility in Sumner, Washington. Registration is open now at Usaweightlifting.org Register early because space is limited. Hope to see all of you new coaches attending!



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!!!!!!!


Leonard Harison, stalwart Calpian 94 Kgs. lifter will have break through competition this Saturday at the Bad Mother open!!!  Come out and support Leonard as he prepares for the American Open in December in Dallas!!!

The Royal Family of Weightlifting Visits TSPC

The Goad Family

The Goad family visited Thrush Sports Performance Center this week so that daughter, Sydney, could complete her training for Nationals in two weeks. Her father Dean, a long time Calpian, is a five time National Champion and medal winner in international competition. Her mother, Robin, is an eight time National Champion, World Champion, and World Record Holder. Her brother, Deano, is a top ranked youth wrestler and won his division at the recent National Youth Championships. Her sister, Rubilynn, is just beginning to lift and is an accomplished gymnast like her sister. It’s really gratifying to have them visit and to see that Calpian Weightlifting lives on in their children.