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Team Momentum

Canberra’s bracing and support specialists


Momentum’s services began in 2012, offering local support to the nation’s top amputee athletes at the Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra.  From a small suburban garage, we began manufacturing and developing running “blades” for junior and development athletes involved with Athletics Australia’s elite running programs.

Our clinical expertise and care have driven demand beyond the sporting arena, and we’re proud to extend our range of services and treatments to the wider community.  We combine only the most effective treatments with the same responsive, efficient and innovative care that our business was founded on.


To promote the health and wellbeing of our community through the improvement of the function and mobility of our clients.  To provide client focussed services that are multidisciplinary, high quality and efficient and enable clients to achieve their goals of physical and social function.

To improve the health and wellbeing of our community through the delivery of high quality, efficient and progressive health care services.

To provide high quality, client focussed care that is delivered respectfully, efficiently and effectively.


NIGEL FREEMANDirector, Prosthetist and Orthotist
Born and raised in Canberra, Nigel was a schoolboy sprinter until injury brought him in contact with the world of physiotherapy. Interested in finding out more, Nigel pursued a work experience placement with a local physiotherapist, and it was here that he discovered prosthetics. Nigel moved to Melbourne to study a Bachelor Degree in Prosthetics & Orthotics at La Trobe University, graduating with honours in 2008.

Nigel returned to Canberra to work at The Canberra Hospital, and began his own bracing company in 2010 to provide postural supports for the medical imaging industry. Nigel’s main areas of interest include sports prosthetics & orthotics, complex orthotics, paediatrics and rehabilitation.

Away from work, you will find Nigel training for triathlons, where he has recently represented Australia at the World Championships.

Nigel is the ACT representative on AOPA’s National Representative Council, the peak body of the Australian Prosthetic & Orthotic industry.

RICHARD GOWARDDirector, Prosthetist and Orthotist
Richard grew up in Canberra, and was exposed to the world of sports prosthetics while still a student at school. This sparked an interest that remains to this day. Following completion of his qualifications, Richard returned to Canberra and took up work at The Canberra Hospital. In 2010 he began volunteering his time at the Australian Institute of Sport and worked closely with some of the world’s top amputee sprinters.

In 2012, Richard started Momentum Prosthetics & Orthotics from his home garage to offer local support to Canberra’s amputee runners. Richard now provides prosthetic care for some of Australia’s top Paralympic athletes across a range of sports. Other areas of interest include paediatics, complex orthotics, and prosthetic rehabilitation.

In his spare time, Richard enjoys exploring Canberra’s amazing network of mountain bike trails. Richard is also a member of the AOPA National Education Delivery Council which provides educational materials and events for members of the national association.

TOBY CONROYSenior Physiotherapist
Toby aims to ensure his approach to physiotherapy and injury management is functional and holistic. With a strong background in rehabilitation, skill development and an interest in lower limb injuries, along with his experiences as a semi-professional footballer, Toby is passionate about getting people back to their optimal fitness and health.

Prior to gaining his physiotherapy qualifications through the University of Canberra, Toby spent six years as a teacher in Melbourne where he taught primary and secondary school physical education and health.

Toby has provided sports coverage for AFL Canberra competitions, the Canberra Raiders Cup and the John I Dent Cup and has been physiotherapist for the Australian Combined States U20 rugby union team. He also holds qualifications in sports physiotherapy (APA levels 1 and 2), neuromuscular dry needling and a level 1-2 kinesio taping.

Our resident Aussie rules footballer, Toby has played for Sandringham and Frankston in the Victorian Football League, as well as the Queanbeyan Tigers 2012 NEAFL premiership team. Currently, Toby plays with his hometown club of Leeton in the Riverina Football League in country New South Wales.

JADE PATONOffice Administration
Jade joined the Momentum team in 2016. Jade was born in South Africa and moved to Australia with her family as a teenager. Jade was a talented schoolgirl sprinter, competing at state and national levels. Jade has extensive experience in administrative support across the medical and financial industries, and is also qualified in remedial massage therapy.

Away from work, Jade is completing a degree in advertising and communication.