Remembering Kato

Remembering Kato

9th January 2018

The Rugby League community has come together, following the sudden passing of Kato Ottio, at the age of just 23. Widnes Vikings have been inundated by thousands of messages from people across the world, who have reached out to share their heartfelt condolences. The phenomenal response has matched the overwhelming tragedy of a young man, on the verge of living his dream, being taken away from us too soon.

For all of us at Widnes Vikings, our priority now turns to how we can celebrate the life of a member of our team, and support his family. Whilst Kato was yet to arrive in our town, he was, and always will be, a Viking.

Remembering Kato

As a club, Widnes Vikings have committed to making a private donation to Kato’s family to support them at this difficult time.

We recognise that many supporters and club partners will also want to support this cause, so we have established a crowd funding page (click here). Every penny raised through this platform will be donated to his loved ones. Our sincere thanks are given to everyone who backs this cause.

On Friday, Widnes Vikings are scheduled to face Whitehaven in a pre-season friendly. At this fixture, there will be bucket collections in both the South Stand and Pat Price Stand. To ensure that as much money as possible can be donated to this collection, there will be no rise in ticket prices ahead of the game, with tickets remaining at their current discounted advance-priced rates. We hope that this gesture supports attendees to be able to give generously to the collection.

Kato’s life will be celebrated at this game with a minute’s silence, the first of a series of tributes that we are planning for our teammate.

Widnes Vikings would like to thank everyone who supports these efforts, and to again offer our sincere condolences to his family, friends and former colleagues.


Remembering Kato