Vikings to wear Kato Ottio tribute

Vikings to wear Kato Ottio tribute

18th January 2018

Widnes Vikings players will be 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 their respects for their fallen team-mate. In response, a special ‘Kato 18’ shirt transfer has been created, which will be worn at the heart of the player’s 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. Every penny received will contribute towards the fundraising effort that has already raised over £15,000 to support Kato's family. To purchase this transfer, simply take your garments to the Vikings Superstore, at Tesco Extra, Widnes. 

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. These limited-edition t-shirts are available from the Vikings Superstore in sizes M to XXL. The shirts cost £20, with all profits supporting the fundraising campaign.

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.

"His passing came as a huge shock to all of us and as a group we want to ensure that remains part of this team, even if it is only in spirit. I’m pleased that the Club has been able to support this by creating the special shirt transfer. Having seen the incredible response from Vikings supporters to this tragic passing, I am sure that many people will want join us in featuring it on their club shirts and clothing this season.

We were all very proud to take to the field against Whitehaven wearing the special shirts that paid tribute to Kato. It will be fantastic to see our supporters in the stands wearing these. On behalf of the team, I’d like to thank everyone who backs these initiatives and has contributed in any way to our fundraising efforts. We can all feel very proud of what the Club and its supporters have achieved in supporting Kato’s loved ones.”  

Vikings to wear Kato Ottio tribute