Tributes flow for the late Kato Ottio

The Rugby League community is mourning the death of the late Kato Ottio, even more so considering the circumstances that were revealed this morning.

A valiant Ottio made the fateful decision to go on an 8km road-run with the Queensland Intrust Super Cup PNG team, leading by example in the heat. Tragically Ottio collapsed due to a heat stroke, became unconscious and was rushed to receive medical attention.

Sadly he didn’t pull through, breaking the heart of thousands of Rugby League fans around the world.

Ottio was due to fly to the UK to pursue his dream of playing first-grade, bound to begin at the Widnes Vikings, after several years at Canberra.

Ottio’s devastated mother spoke to the Daily Telegraph of her loss.

“He should be close to me and my family,” she said.

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“He got heat stroke, that’s what the doctor said. I love him so much, he is my everything. I was with him at the hospital and he should be close to me, I miss my son so much.”

All of us saw at the World Cup the incredible gifts that Kato possessed, and his potential to forge a decorated career in rugby league.

Ottio will be sorely missed by the Kumuls faithful and the Rugby League community worldwide.


  1. Such a sad loss.

    If it happened on Aus turf, it would’ve become an issue of accountability quick smart.

    It should’ve never even happened. Full stop.

    Vale, Kado.

    • He was training in 33 degree heat according to reports. All teams have been training in the heat all off season. This was a tragic accident, nothing more. It is an extremely sad situation, and I really feel for his friends and family, but unless there are other facts that have not been released here, then you should not be placing the blame on the Hunters or their staff.

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