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Remembering a mate
Pte Matthew Lambert has been honoured in bronze at a special ceremony in Puckapunyal
Capt Felicity Hamblin
A NEWLY designed trophy has been
presented to the champion sniper pair at
AASAM this year.
While a trophy may be a pretty standard
prize at a presentation ceremony, it was the
man who presented it and the memory of
his son that made the award priceless.
The Pte Matthew Lambert Memorial
Trophy, which features a three dimensional
statue of the fallen 2RAR sniper, who was
killed in Afghanistan in 2011, was this year
presented to the winners by Pte Lambert's
Mr Lambert, who flew down to
Puckapunyal from the Gold Coast, said it
was an extremely emotional night for him,
and he was honoured that the trophy had
been designed as a tribute to his son.
"I'm a very proud father of a very proud
soldier. Matt was a remarkable young man
and to be remembered this way by his
peers and mates and by the broader sniper
community is very special to me, and I'm
sure to him as well," Mr Lambert said.
WO2 Clint Vecchio, who won the pres-
tigious award with his sniper number two,
Cpl Alex Howard, said it was a privilege
to have Mr Lambert there for the sniper
"Having Chris there to present the tro-
phy was quite emotional for some people.
It was great to finally meet Chris after
speaking on the phone a number of times
and a real honour to receive the award from
him," WO2 Vecchio said.
The Matthew Lambert Memorial
Trophy was first introduced last year, but it
was through the efforts of those closest to
Pte Lambert, particularly the 2RAR sniper
community, that allowed the statue to be
redesigned into a custom-made replica of
on targets in
a vehicle at
Sgt John Waddell
"The redesigned trophy was mod-
elled off a photograph of Matt in
Afghanistan. The idea came from the
2RAR sniper cell and was made possi-
ble by significant support from the RAR
Foundation, and Scott Edwards from
Naked Army who made the statue,"
WO2 Vecchio said.
RSM-A WO Dave Ashley said
the support provided by the RAR
Foundation helped make possible the
tribute to the respected 2RAR sniper.
"I felt very strongly about support-
ing the initiative to have this trophy
made. I think it's fantastic that the RAR
Foundation was able to help out and
develop it into the magnificent trophy
it's become," WO Ashley said.
"There could be no more fitting tro-
phy for the snipers comp than this tro-
phy where today's snipers can reflect on
the sacrifice that Matty Lambert made."
After the awards presentation, Mr
Lambert had the chance to catch up
with some of his son's mates, and said
it was a great way to finish his visit to
"Every time I catch up with the boys
it's like a little bit of Matt. I know that
it's difficult for those boys too, and they
don't get the opportunity to express it
and talk about it so when we do catch up
it's always good," Mr Lambert said.
Pte Lambert was a member of MTF
3 and was killed in action during opera-
tions in Afghanistan on August 22, 2011.
Winners: Champion sniper team international winners Capt W Zhang and Cpl DL Chen, of China, with national sniper team winners WO2 Clint Vecchio and Cpl Alex Howard, of School
of Inf, with the Billy Sing Trophy.
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