Australia's only INCLUSIVE Tenpin Bowling program for older teens and adults with a disability

  • BowlAbilities is Australia’s only INCLUSIVE Tenpin Bowling program designed specifically for older teens and adults with a disability.
  • It's a 6-8 week program that focuses on the participant's ABILITY, not their disability.
  • Teaching the fundamental skills of tenpin bowling improves COORDINATION, BALANCE and PHYSICAL ACTIVITY LEVELS.
  • BowlAbilities is SAFE and FUN - using carpets on the lanes to get the participants closer to the pins.
  • A modified 5-frame game and simplified scoring system promotes SKILL development, a sense of ACHIEVEMENT and SELF-CONFIDENCE.
  • Meeting like-minded adults promotes SOCIALISATION skills and TEAM WORK.
  • Developing LEADERSHIP SKILLS by mentoring others and working cooperatively in a group.


Program Features

  • 6-8 WEEK PROGRAM: 60 minute sessions, once per week
  • ON THE MOVE: Maximum of 3 participants per lane so they are always active
  • SHORTENED LANES: Modified length to match ability of each participant
  • SHORTENED GAMES: Modified 5-frame games (half a normal game) to keep participants focused
  • CHALLENGING:  No bumpers or ramps used (unless absolutely necessary) to ensure skill development
  • 6 LEVELS of ACHIEVEMENT: progression based on ABILITY
  • MODIFIED SCORING: Simplified scoring designed to be easily understood
  • LANE RANGERS: Program delivered by trained facilitators, who have completed TBA's training and the Special Olympics Coaching Course online
  • REWARDING: Recognition of individual achievements and progress
  • SUPPORT: support resources developed with assistance from Autism Spectrum Australia and Special Olympics Australia to assist delivery and communication

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