Australian volleyballers Tom Edgar, right, and Luke Perry. Photo: Katherine Griffiths
He's the 212-centimetre monster who has turned down AFL, rugby union and basketball to chase his volleyball dreams and Tom Edgar will lead Australia's world championship qualification campaign in Canberra.
The Volleyroos will play in a round-robin tournament against Kazakhstan, Kuwait and Thailand at the Australian Institute of Sport from Friday to Sunday. The winner will earn a berth at the world championships in Poland next year.
Edgar, who has played around the world, wants to lift the Volleyroos to the top of the rankings.
At 212centimetres he's taller than the biggest player in the AFL - Aaron Sandilands - and towers over United States NBA superstar Lebron James.
Edgar even has to have his shoes specially made to fit his colossal size 15 feet.
Most sports have tried to lure him away from the volleyball court, but the million-dollar contracts in the NBA and public spotlight don't interest Edgar.
He's content making his mark in volleyball and helping Australia chase world championship and Olympic glory.
''There is always people looking for big athletic guys, so a lot of our team would fit in sports such as basketball, AFL, rugby union, maybe even other sports such as rowing, they are all looking for tall, athletic guys'' Edgar said.
''I'm interested in other sports as a spectator, but as an athlete volleyball is where my passion lies.''
Edgar, at 24 and still on the rise, has spent the past five seasons playing in Europe, and was part of the Volleyroos team at the Olympics in London last year.
At the other end of the Volleyroos height chart is young pocket rocket Luke Perry.
The 17-year-old will make his debut for the Volleyroos this week and is a pint-sized 180 centimetres compared with Edgar.
Perry may look out of place next to the giant Edgar, but his defensive work as the team's libero, a defensive specialist position, will be essential for the tournament.
''You don't really need to be tall to be in my position, being shorter for my position gives me more speed to move around the court,'' said Perry.
Returning to Australia to compete is a thrill for many of the Volleyroos who have to spend much of their sporting careers abroad.
''It's a massive opportunity, not only for us to play in front of the home fans but for the home fans to see what we do, because a lot of our tournaments, a lot of our games, are overseas,'' Edgar said.
''Since I've joined the men's national team we haven't had a tournament of this magnitude in Australia.
''It's an important step.''
The qualification tournament is the most significant international volleyball tournament held in Australia since the 2000 Sydney Olympics, with the winner going through to the 2014 world championships in Poland.
The Volleyroos are ranked 12 after their Olympic campaign last year, which included wins over host country Great Britain and world No.4 Poland.
The tournament starts on Friday afternoon and wraps up with the top two ranked teams, Australia and Thailand, going head to head on Sunday.
The draw: Friday: Kazakhstan v Thailand (4.30pm), Kuwait v Australia (7pm). Saturday: Kuwait v Thailand (4.30pm), Kazakhstan v Australia (7pm). Sunday: Kazakhstan v Kuwait (1pm), Thailand v Australia (3.30pm).