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.”