EDMOND — Greg Stewart is impossible to miss.
There's the shaggy mohawk. There's the prosthetic arm. But really, those things aren't what you notice first about the Canadian competing this week at the sitting volleyball world championships.
He stands out when he stands up.
Stewart is 7-foot-2.
Even in a sport where everyone has to keep their keister on the floor, that height makes him a big deal. His head nearly reaches the top of the net, which is a little over three and a half feet tall. His arms extend a couple feet over the net.
There are other big guys playing in the tournament at the University of Central Oklahoma, but none are any more physically intimidating than Stewart.
"You've got to feed off it," he said.
He pounds spikes. He blocks shots. More than anything, he changes what opponents do just because he's so big.
Stewart, who was born with only half of his left arm, has always been tall. When he started playing adaptive sports as a 15-year-old, he was already 6-foot-8.
"I was skinny, though," he said in his deep baritone voice. "Whew."
He shook his head.
"I was like 6-8, 170 pounds."
No longer a beanpole, Stewart now weighs 290 pounds and has a thick upper body. He smashed a spike off an opponent earlier in the week — unintentionally, mind you — and the ricochet almost hit the rafters.
Heck, a couple years ago when the U.S. was preparing to face Canada, one of the coaches sat on a chair and pounded spikes down at the players in an attempt to emulate Stewart.
This guy is a serious athlete.
He plays basketball for Thompson Rivers University in his hometown of Kamloops, British Columbia. The conference's defensive player of the year led the league last season in rebounding, block shots and field goal percentage.
He hopes to play professionally overseas one day.
Basketball and volleyball aren't Stewart's only interests. He plays hockey and lacrosse. He kayaks. He even plays piano.
Stewart has a different prosthetic for each activity.
In basketball, the prosthetic arm has a scoop-like contraption on the end. He can use it to corral the basketball but not hold onto it. Rebounding, as it turns out, was the most difficult skill for the 7-footer to learn.
In volleyball, Stewart wears a prosthetic with a rubbery nub. It helps him better control blocks and passes.
Stewart's biggest challenge in sitting volleyball has nothing to do with his arm.
"I've got a lot of leg," he said.
In this fast-paced sport, mobility is key, and scooting around the floor with a pair of 4-foot legs is a problem for Stewart. His legs make it hard for him to move and react.
He has gotten intertwined with teammates' legs and even opponents' feet under the net.
"I lose track of them," Stewart said of his legs. "I don't even know where they are during games."
"Wherever my legs end up, they end up."
That devil-may-care attitude has served Stewart well. Yes, people have wondered whether he should be playing sports. They have stared at his arm. They have commented about his height.
He knows those awkward and sometimes hurtful moments are out there.
"But at the same time," Stewart said, "I don't care because I have no choice."
He is who he is — a 7-footer with a prosthetic arm — and he is comfortable with that. The self-proclaimed one-armed man figures he has to accept it.
"Unless I just sat in my room all day," he said.
Greg Stewart isn't about to do that.
Blending in just isn't his thing.