Vikings to wear tribute throughout campaign

Widnes Vikings players will proudly wear a special tribute to Kato Ottio on their home and away jerseys throughout the entire 2018 Betfred Super League campaign.

The Club was approached by senior team members who wanted to show respect for their fallen teammate.

In response, a special ‘Kato 18’ shirt transfer has been created, which will be worn near the heart of the players’ shirts.

With a distinctive yellow and red design, in honour of the traditional colour of the Kumuls playing strip, the transfer is a fitting tribute to the late PNG international.

Vikings members and supporters can add this design to any garment for just a suggested minimum donation of £5 (5 pounds). Every penny received will contribute towards the fundraising effort that has already raised over £15,000 (K67,000) to support the late Ottio’s family. 

Supporters also have the opportunity to purchase the special Kato 18 warm-up shirts, which were worn by the Vikings players and coaches in the build up to the recent Whitehaven friendly. 

Vikings co-captain, Chris Houston, says: "As a team, we wanted Kato to be remembered throughout the season. We were all excited to have him join our squad and we were confident that he would bring something very special to the team in 2018.”

Ottio’s passing came as a huge shock to all at the Vikings club and as a group, Widnes wants to ensure that he remains part of the team, even if it is only in spirit.

Having seen the incredible response from Vikings supporters to this tragic passing, Widnes Vikings were all very proud to take to the field against Whitehaven wearing the special shirts that paid tribute to PNG’s hero.

(Picture: Widnes Vikings)

Sophie Yaruso