Invictus Games evokes strong emotions for veteran who almost brings Prince Harry to tears

Invictus Games evokes strong emotions for veteran who almost brings Prince Harry to tears

Invictus Games evokes strong emotions for veteran who almost brings Prince Harry to tears

Updated 27 September 2017, 19:55 AEST

The emotion of representing Australia at the Invictus Games is too much for one young veteran who almost has Prince Harry in tears.

The emotion of representing Australia at the Invictus Games has been too much for one young veteran who almost had Prince Harry in tears.

Michaela Gilewicz from Tasmania is in Toronto competing at the event for wounded, injured and sick armed service personnel and veterans.

She found fame during the opening ceremony when a close-up of her with tears streaming down her face was broadcast to millions.

"Everyone keeps telling me they saw me crying," she told Helen Shield on ABC Radio Hobart.

"Just before we walked out I had a bit of a panic attack ... as I was walking out I was just trying to get through it and everyone thought that was a very lovely moment.

"It felt a little bit embarrassing the next day walking down the street with people recognising me, but I got through it and that's the main thing."

Ms Gilewicz said the touching moment had gained the interest of media outlets, but she never expected to have moved the British prince.

"I've been waiting my whole life to meet Prince Harry," she said.

"I was waiting in the area for the powerlifting ... and he came up and tapped me on the shoulder, shook my hand and said: 'I've got something to tell you.'

"I'm like, oh no, it's the same story everyone's been telling me.

"He saw me tearing up and he said: 'I had to look away because we were live to air on the BBC and you nearly set me off.'

"I was like, oh my God, this is the best moment of my life."

This is the first Invictus Games for Ms Gilewicz competing in the powerlifting and indoor rowing events.

She was discharged from the military following a shoulder injury and has also since struggled with depression and anxiety.

"I'm here not just for physical rehabilitation but for mental health as well," she said.

"I haven't been a part of the team since I left the Army ... and I didn't realise how much I missed that environment until I got here.

"Everyone is going through their own struggles and trials and we're all just here watching each other get through it.

"If you have a bad day, everyone's there for you, there's no judgment, and for me that's been the most healing thing."