By Renee Bogatko, Image Credit - @RaidersCanberra/Twitter
A couple of hundred people packed Holy Trinity Church in Curtin this morning, to pay tribute to former Raider Kato Ottio.
It’s after the 23-year-old passed away from a sudden health issue while training in Papua New Guinea earlier this week.
Raiders players, officials and fans remembered Kato as a humble man who was committed to his goal of playing top grade rugby league.
Skipper Jarrod Croker and Sia Soliola did readings, while Peter Mulholland delivered the eulogy.
They spoke of Kato’s massive smile and energy for life, as well as his dedication to the sport he loved so much.
The Papua New Guinea international was due to travel to the UK this week to fulfil his dream of playing first grade rugby with the Widnes Vikings.
The English Super League club have since set up an online fundraiser to help raise money for Kato’s family.
Tributes have also been pouring in on social media from people far and wide – devastated by Kato’s tragic passing.
A funeral service will be held for Kato in Port Moresby on Friday.
Image Credit - @RaidersCanberra/Twitter