Factory visit for US ice skating coach

Elizabeth Peschges and her partner Brant win a trip to Sheffield to tour HD Sports'skateEB
Elizabeth Peschges and her partner Brant win a trip to Sheffield to tour HD Sports'skateEB
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AN ICE-SKATING coach from America glided across the pond after winning a trip to Sheffield.

HD Sports, which is based in the city, gave Elizabeth Peschges and her partner Brant Thornton, of Rochester in Minnesota, an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of their famous ice skating blades factory.

Elizabeth won the trip after bidding $1,200 for the prize in a silent charity auction at the American Professional Skating Association’s conference in Texas last spring.

She said: “This was our first visit to the UK and we’ve loved every minute.

“The highlight of our visit was a guided tour of the HD Sports factory in Sheffield.

“It was so interesting to see exactly how the MK Blades I skate on are made - I didn’t realise so many processes were involved.

“I was fascinated to see a mix of the very latest technology and traditional techniques first hand.

“There is a huge amount of skill and precision involved in each blade.”