The Invictus Games has witnessed an incredible moment of mateship after one athlete was left visibly distressed by the sounds of an overhead helicopter.
UK wheelchair tennis player Paul Guest was competing alongside Dutchman Edwin Vermetten when the emotional moment occurred on Monday.
Guest was about to serve when the sounds of a helicopter flying over the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre brought back some painful memories.
Guest toured Northern Ireland as a mine warfare specialist, before his career came to an end in 1987 when he was injured on duty.
He suffered neck and spinal injuries, which resulted in partial deafness and a visibility impairment.
So when Guest heard the helicopter fly past on Monday, he broke down.
But teammate Vermetten, who only met Guest a few weeks ago, rushed to Guest’s side to comfort him.
Vermetten embraced his teammate, linking arms with Guest and offering some words of encouragement, bringing a number of spectators to tears.
A helicopter triggered an emotional response for a British tennis player, before he was comforted brought around by his Dutch partner and a Disney movie theme song.https://t.co/11t38hoXAR #IG2018 #GameOnDownUnder
— InvictusSydney (@InvictusSydney) October 22, 2018
After a long embrace, Guest managed to regroup and deliver the match-winning serve for a 7-5 5-7 (11-9 tiebreak) victory.
When asked about the moment after the match, Vermetten revealed he used the help of Disney to calm his teammate down.
“I took him by the face and said ‘Look at me. We are a team so let it go,” said Vermetten.
“Look into my eyes and sing the ‘Frozen’ song, and we did.
“For him, this was the moment he let go, and he did, he literally let it all go.”
Later, Aussies Samantha Gould and Jamie Tanner enjoyed a comfortable 6-3 6-1 win over Vanessa Bawden-Pere and Julie Bramley from New Zealand.
Aussie athlete shocks Prince Harry with hilarious request
An Australian athlete’s cheeky request left Prince Harry visibly gobsmacked on Sunday.
The newly married royal took his time stopping to speak with wounded former servicemen and women from across the globe, pausing to place a hand on their scars or to inspect their prosthetic limbs.
He gracefully refused to sign a green and gold pair of budgie smugglers despite the good-natured pleas of some Aussie athletes.
Ben Yeomans, Damien Irish and Jarrod Kent were all smiles and had nothing but praise for the Duke after meeting him on Sunday at the Invictus Games cycling event.
The three Aussie larrikins said they understood it wouldn’t have been a good look in front of the clicking shutters of the worlds press.
“He was totally conscious of that,” Mr Kent laughed.
“We were hoping that he’d try them on, but oh well next time.
“To be honest he’s so down to earth, one of the boys really.”