Because they were twins – double trouble and all of that – the Slevin family held the reasonable expectation that Emma and Kate would grow up doing everything together. They were livewire, brimming with energy, as fiercely competitive with each other as they were close. Sport was a release valve. The Slevins live in Claregalway, close to the city and the opportunity to try out a broad range of sports. When Emma and Kate were around eight years old, their mother Deirdre signed them up for a gymnastics camp. Just for something different.
“It was for a week, I think. And I absolutely hated it,” says Kate. “I hated it so much,” she remembers laughing.