RIP Kato Ottio

Widnes Vikings are raising money for the family of Kato Ottio, who tragically passed away, aged 23.

by Vikings Sports Foundation EQUALise project in Widnes, Cheshire, England

We did it
On 13th February 2018 we successfully raised £11,435 with 622 supporters in 35 days

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Thank you to everyone who has shown incredible generosity towards this campaign, Every penny given will make a real difference to Kato's loved ones. 


Widnes Vikings were shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Kato Ottio, 23.

This crowd-funder aims to raise money for his family in Papua New Guinea. Every penny that is collected will be given to his loved ones, to help support them at this difficult time and into the future. We hope that this collection will demonstrate the genuine love and respect that is held for Kato, who tragically left us too early, and will make a real difference.

This fundraising page has also been endorsed by Canberra Raiders, the NRL team that Kato was proud to represent. 

With thanks from Widnes Vikings to all in the great Rugby League community.

About this aim

James Rule, CEO of Widnes Vikings, says: “We are devastated to learn that Kato Ottio has passed away. Kato was an incredibly talented player, with a bright future ahead of him in Rugby League.

This news is all the more tragic, because Kato was due to travel to the UK this week to fulfil his dream of playing first-grade Rugby League.  We had been in regular contact with Kato and were excited to welcome a bright, excited and passionate young man, who had genuine potential for the future.

Having only learned this morning that Kato had developed a sudden health issue whilst training yesterday, we are in absolute shock to now receive this tragic news. We will be liaising closely with his loved ones to offer them our condolences and support at this difficult time. Widnes Vikings will of course be looking to celebrate Kato’s life and pay our sincere respects to someone who we believe would have become a hero at our Club.

Whilst we are coming to terms with this news, and still learning the full facts of this situation, we are unable to comment further at this time.”

Denis Betts, Head Coach of Widnes Vikings, says: “To receive this tragic news is heart-breaking. All of us saw at the World Cup the incredible gifts that Kato had, and his potential to forge a great career in Rugby League. Moreover, in all of our interactions with him, we found Kato to be a person of great character, who was excited to be following his dreams. On behalf of the coaching team, staff and players at Widnes Vikings, I would like to offer our sincere condolences to Kato’s loved ones.” 

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