5 Pin Bowling

Companionship through Sport

Five-pin Bowling is a competitive sport in which a player (the “bowler”) rolls a bowling ball down a wooden or synthetic lane with the objective of scoring points by knocking down as many pins as possible.

Bowling is among the most popular sports in Special Olympics. It is a particularly beneficial sport to people with intellectual disabilities, irrespective of their age or sports abilities since it ensures physical exercise and at the same time participation and social integration. Plus, it’s great fun!


Provincial Sport Organization:  Alberta 5 Pin Bowlers Association
Training and Coach Resources: Special Olympics International

5-Pin Bowling Events

  • Singles (Men and Women)
  • Team

Number of Competitors and Coaches

Athletes: 200

Coaches and Mission Staff: 40

Communities Competing

  • Airdrie
  • Barrhead
  • Calgary
  • Camrose
  • Drumheller
  • Edmonton
  • Edson
  • Foothills
  • Grande Prairie
  • Lacombe
  • Lakeland
  • Leduc
  • Lethbridge
  • Medicine Hat
  • Olds
  • Red Deer
  • Rocky Mountain House
  • St. Albert
  • St. Paul
  • Strathcona (Sherwood Park)
  • Vegreville
  • West Central (Spruce Grove, Stoney Plain)
  • Westlock
  • Wetaskiwin

Special Olympics Divisioning: Competitions with a Difference

In each division, the goal is to compose matches of athletes whose abilities and skills are close to one another.

Special Olympics sports competitions are based on the idea that athletes of all abilities should be given an equal chance of succeeding, whether it is a personal best or a gold medal.

Special Olympics calls this competition-level matching “divisioning.” It’s a fundamental rule at Special Olympics that athletes in competitions are matched up with others of the same gender, about the same age and most importantly, of about the same competitive ability.

Evening out by skill level and matching for age and gender makes Special Olympics events more exciting and meaningful for the athletes and the fans watching.

Divisioning is a two-stage process. Before each competition, a time, score or skill assessment is submitted for each athlete or team. For events that are not timed or measured, such as football and badminton, there is a series of short games between athletes or teams or an assessment of each athlete or team’s ability by a committee.. The divisions are then set up based on the information on each athlete’s skill level so that each set of competitors is closely matched.

Venue: Panorama Bowling Lanes

Venue For: 5-pin bowling and 10-pin bowling

Address: 820 6A Ave SW, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 8G9

Phone: (403) 526-2008

Medicine Hat Family Leisure Center

5-Pin Bowling, 10-Pin Bowling.

Address: 820 6A Ave SW, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 8G9

Phone: (403) 526-2008