Injury has stopped them from progressing in the TV show New Zealand's Got Talent, but Team FYM have their sights set firmly on the future.
After entering the nationwide talent contest the Taranaki free-runners were delighted to get three "yesses" from the judges and make it to the next round.
However, team leader Dan Mills tore his ACL ligament while performing. Though he continued with the routine, Team FYM had to withdraw from the competition because of Mills' injury, which requires surgery.
The consensus from the team was that it was "a bit scary" and "nerve-racking" before their performance, but the nerves disappeared when they entered the stage and were greeted with a mass of cheering spectators.
Mills was just 16 when he started free-running, a style of movement that involves jumping, flipping and gymnastic tumbling.
Inspired by watching videos of it on YouTube, he found it an enjoyable activity, helped by his background in cheerleading.
It's the same story for team members Misha Parkinson, 18, and Daniel Ralphs, 17, who got into the rapidly growing sport after watching it on YouTube, Daniel also having done cheerleading with Mills.
The team has been together for about two years, with 13-year-old Zak Judson the newest member, having joined six months ago.
FYM stands for "Free Your Mind", and was thought up by Mills.
"It just kind of came to me," he said. "People that don't have an open mind don't succeed in free-running."
The team practise at the Elite Cheer gym on Borrell Ave and hold classes every Sunday. "I don't think a day goes by where we don't do a backflip," Ralphs said.
In their spare time they film videos for their own YouTube channel, and will be performing at Christmas at The Bowl this year.
With Mills moving to Auckland next year and Parkinson moving to Wellington, the team will extend to those cities, opening opportunities for more members and more spots to film.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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