Northern Ontario 5 Pin Bowlers’ Association strikes it rich with $10k grant for their Open Provincial Championships

Members of the Northern Ontario 5 Pin Bowlers’ Association, Tim Gadd, and Darryll Belanger, receive $10k check from representatives of the MAT Tourism Grant Committee.

TIMMINS, ON — In a gesture of support for the longstanding tradition of the 5-Pin Open Provincials, Mike Kentish, and Tiffany Thibeau representing the Municipal Accommodations Tax (MAT) Tourism Grant Committee, presented a generous $10,000 check from the MAT Tourism Fund. The check was received by Tim Gadd, President of the Northern Ontario 5 Pin Bowlers’ Association, and Darryll Belanger, President of Goldbelt, marking a significant milestone for the event’s continued success.

With a history spanning half a century, the 5-Pin Open Provincials has become a cornerstone of provincial-level bowling competitions, rotating among six different cities each year. This event not only showcases the competitive spirit of over 120 bowlers but also attracts a substantial number of guests, totaling around 40 individuals, who converge for a minimum of 4 to 5 days to partake in the festivities.

The funds provided will directly support the operational costs associated with hosting this prestigious event.


For more information, contact Noella Rinaldo at or (705)360-2600 x 7081.

The MAT Tourism Grant, administered by the TEDC, offers strategic investment and funding to promote and grow the tourism industry in the City of Timmins. Find more information at

About the TEDC

The TEDC is the city’s non-profit community economic development team. We facilitate and support economic and social activity that creates jobs, diversifies the economy and improves quality of life.

Land Acknowledgement

The TEDC acknowledges that we are located on the traditional Lands of Mattagami First Nation, Flying Post First Nation, and Matachewan First Nation, home to many Ojibway, Cree, Oji-Cree, Algonquin and Métis people. We also acknowledge that we are situated in Treaty 9 territory (also known as the James Bay Treaty), which is steeped in the rich Indigenous history of many First Nations, Metis and Inuit People.