Tenpin bowling

Tenpin bowling

Tenpin bowling is an indoor, family-oriented sport that has one of the highest active participation rates in the world. Tenpin bowling is easily modified to meet the needs of players of all abilities.

Generic image of a tenpin bowler who uses a wheelchair. Photo taken from behind the bowler, looking down the lane as he bowls the ballDownload our tenpin bowling fact sheet for more details.

Local programs

Contact your local tenpin bowling centre for information about come and try opportunities and membership.

For a list of tenpin bowling centres in your area, visit Tenpin Bowling Association of Queensland.

If you would like assistance making contact with your local tenpin bowling centre, please contact us.


Coaching and development opportunities are provided through local tenpin bowling clubs and governing bodies for the sport.

Competition opportunities and pathways

Tenpin bowling offers competition opportunities for players of all abilities, including school competitions and various competition and social grades at local tenpin bowling clubs. Bowlers can compete at state, national and international events including the Queensland Disabled Bowling Championships and National Disabled Bowling Championships.

Bowlers have to be classified to compete at state, national and international events.


Tenpin bowling centres provide all of the necessary equipment for new and developing players, including shoes and bowling balls. Many bowling centres now feature automated scoring, ‘bumpers’ in gutters for new players, ramps for juniors and people with limited arm or hand strength, and balls with a handle for bowlers unable to use their fingers to hold the ball. People with a vision impairment use a guide rail which they use to guide their delivery.

Other roles

You don’t have to bowl to be involved. You can make a contribution as a volunteer, coach, team manager, official, administrator of the sport or as an enthusiastic supporter. For more information, contact your local tenpin bowling centre.

Working with mainstream sport

We are pleased to welcome Tenpin Bowling Association Queensland as part of the Sports CONNECT Queensland network as the organisation aims to develop more opportunities for people with a disability to participate in tenpin bowling as bowlers, coaches, officials, administrators and volunteers.

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