He's 183cm - a hair's breadth over six feet tall by the old measure - and has long arms and a vertical leap his competition opponents can only envy.
Joseph Cederman is in year 12 at Motueka High School - a regular, sports-mad teenage boy, with one difference. On winter Mondays this year he's been suiting up for Vikings A in the senior women's netball competition - the only male player to do so.
A former age-group representative rugby player, Joseph gets no grief from his schoolmates for playing what is seen as a women's sport.
But not all of the players he has come up against this year have been so accommodating, and his presence on the court has been marked by controversy.
Getting the nod from the Motueka Netball Centre was a real struggle, and the special dispensation he eventually earned is being treated as a one-off, with no guarantee of it being extended next year or granted to anyone else.
President Ronnie Wilkins says it is the most contentious issue the centre has faced, and has chewed up many hours of deliberation, including a special meeting of representatives from all clubs in the competition.
She says the centre hopes that publicity over the issue will not encourage other applications for dispensation next year.
Vikings coach Janet Sim is among the adults who fought for Joseph's inclusion this year, and says she is "really proud of the board" for allowing Joseph to play and taking "a lot of heat from the community".
But one player he marked in the game against Huia last Saturday, Becs Greaney, puts it this way: "There's no men on the Silver Ferns, there's no men in the ANZ championship, so why should there be a man in our grade in Motueka?"
Joseph Cederman's story is covered in full in today's Weekend section, on pages 13 and 14.
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