Source and Footage: WIN News, Canberra
A small yet significant ceremony led by Canberra Raiders players, club officials and supporters, who united to celebrate the life of their former teammate, Kato Ottio.
Players, officials and fans this morning at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Canberra, Australia, paid tribute to former teammate who died earlier this week.
Close to 120 people attended including Papua New Guineans in Australia.
Recruitment Manager Peter Mulholland described Papua New Guinea’s rising rugby league star as a talented athlete in all areas.
“I will never forget the day he was offered full-time contract. Th smile he had on his face.
“He was committed, he was so proud of his family, his heritage and his country,” Mulholland
His former teammates also shared their stories including Raiders captain Jarrod Croker and Centre, Sia Soliola.
“The sudden death of Kato would remind us of the fragile gift of life, we need to cherish each day,” said Raiders captain Jarrod Croker.
But on social media Facebook, the WIN News page on this story was flooded with words of thank you to Canberra Raiders.
Today’s act was deeply touching for Papua New Guineans and they thanked Raiders for showing the essence of sportsmanship, comradeship, friendship and respect.
But one in all, the late Kato Ottio has gained the respect of his peers and fellow rugby players both in PNG and overseas.