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Tears of a hero: The heartwarming moment Invictus competitors comfort a British veteran whose PTSD was triggered by a helicopter flying overhead

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 23/10/2018 Mark Brook

a man riding on the back of a bicycle: The touching moment when Invictus Games competitor Edwin Vermetten (right) comforted fellow veteran Paul Guest (left) after a helicopter flew overhead has left spectators in tears. © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The touching moment when Invictus Games competitor Edwin Vermetten (right) comforted fellow veteran Paul Guest (left) after a helicopter flew overhead has left spectators in tears. The touching moment an Invictus Games competitor comforted a fellow veteran suffering from PTSD has left spectators in tears.

British mine warfare specialist Paul Guest was visibly shaken when a helicopter flew by during his wheelchair tennis doubles match at Sydney Olympic Park on Monday.

The 54-year-old was so overcome with emotion he was unable to play and needed to be comforted by Dutch teammate Edwin Vermetten, who realised he was suffering.

Guest served in Northern Ireland for the British Armed Forces before he suffered injuries to his neck and spine while on duty in 1987, news.com.au reported.

Following his medical discharge, the former Navy servicemen has since been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. 

As play was interrupted by the sound, Vermetten rushed to the other side of the court to comfort the Navy serviceman, the Invictus Games website reported. 

The Dutchman then grabbed Guest by the shoulders and pulled their foreheads together before he sang to the man in a touching moment of camaraderie.  

a person standing next to a bicycle: Paul Guest (left) was so overcome with emotion he was unable to play and needed to be comforted by Dutch teammate Edwin Vermetten (right), who realised he was suffering © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Paul Guest (left) was so overcome with emotion he was unable to play and needed to be comforted by Dutch teammate Edwin Vermetten (right), who realised he was suffering Vermetten described how he used the popular anthem 'Let It Go' from the Disney film Frozen as a way to help Guest repress the memories that were flooding back.

'I took him by the face and said 'Look at me. We are a team so let it go,'' Vermetten said, according to the Invictus Games website. 

'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,' he said.

a man wearing a hat: Guest (right) served in Northern Ireland before he suffered injuries to his neck and spine while on duty for the English Armed Forces in 1987 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Guest (right) served in Northern Ireland before he suffered injuries to his neck and spine while on duty for the English Armed Forces in 1987 As the pair embraced each other and sang, the raw and confronting moment left many spectators in the bleachers in tears.

After Guest was consoled by Vermetten, the pair - who only met days ago and have already built a strong friendship - went on to win their match in a third set tiebreak. 

a man holding a racket: Vermetten (pictured) described how he used the popular anthem 'Let It Go' from the Disney film Frozen as a way to help Guest overcome the ordeal © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Vermetten (pictured) described how he used the popular anthem 'Let It Go' from the Disney film Frozen as a way to help Guest overcome the ordeal Guest, who also competed in the 2017 Invictus Games in Canada, has said he became involved with the event after his wife introduced him to Help for heroes.

He previously told The Clacton Gazette the games have given him 'something to aim for' and he is 'proud to be representing my country one again', 

'Pulling on the Invictus Games uniform is like pulling on my Navy uniform.

'Without Help for Heroes and without the goal of the Invictus Games I honestly wouldn't be here today,' he said. 

If you or anyone you know is suffering from depression, call Lifeline on 13 11 14, Beyondblue on 1300 22 4636, or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.

a group of people riding on the back of a bicycle: After Guest was consoled by Vermetten, the pair - who only met days ago and have already built a strong friendship - went on to win their match in a third set tiebreak © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited After Guest was consoled by Vermetten, the pair - who only met days ago and have already built a strong friendship - went on to win their match in a third set tiebreak

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