Canada’s best young bowlers roll into Oshawa

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Published July 7, 2022 at 4:50 pm

Neb's Fun World ready to roll as Canadian youth come to compete. - via Neb's Fun World

The best young bowlers in Canada roll into Oshawa this week for the 58th annual Youth Bowling Canada five pin championship.

From July 10 to 12 162 young athletes and 70 coaches from every province save Nova Scotia, and the Northwest Territories will fill Neb’s Fun World on Wilson Rd. Neb’s is the largest five pin bowling centre in the world.


Three days of competition launches first from the Durham College Health and Wellness Centre, which is hosting a grand opening ceremony the morning of July 10.

From there the bowlers will head over to Neb’s for competitions in Singles, Doubles Team, Trios Team and (4-player) Mixed Team categories.

The bowlers will compete for coveted Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals in each category in three age categories; under 10, 11 to 14 and 15-19.

These rollers partake in a Canadian invention. Thomas Ryan created five pin bowling in Toronto in 1909. Ryan ran a successful pool hall and as his bowling alleys grew popular some player began to complain the ten pin ball was too heavy.

To accommodate his customers Ryan made a smaller rubber ball and shrank the pin size. After pins went out the window he added the rubber ring.

While Oshawa hosts the five pin tourney, ten pin bowlers are heading up to Mario’s Bowl in Thunder Bay for theirs. This one is a little newer and a little smaller than the five pin event.

It will feature 42 young provincial champions and 14 coaches from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northern Ontario, Southern Ontario and Quebec. They too will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals.

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