As a positive role model to be respected and looked up to, surely the young soldier Phillip Gillespie is at the top of the list (News, December 28)?
This young man, who in the service of his country suffered horrific injuries, has met the difficulties head-on, tackled the problems and is now preparing to take part in a challenging off-road rally. Phillip deserves support as he and his teammates tackle the Dakar Rally - acknowledged as one of the toughest endurance events in the world.
Well done, Phillip. Northern Ireland needs more role models like you and your team.
CLLR ADAM NEWTON (DUP)
Belfast City Council