A gentle giant

He was a humble young man and a gentle giant.

This is how former Sports Minister and Moresby South MP, Justin Tkatchenko, described the late Kato Ottio.

Minister Tkatchenko acknowledged Kato's achievements in such a short time.

He spoke of how he met the late Ottio on many occasions as Sports Minister, when the 23-year-old represented PNG in volleyball in 2013 at the Pacific Mini Games in Wallis and Futuna.

Minister Tkatchenko encouraged everyone to rise positively and learn from Ottio's short but wonderful life of sporting achievement.

The Minister was paying tribute at the late Ottio’s funeral service, which is still underway at the Sir John Guise stadium indoor complex.

Sophie Yaruso