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A nine-year-old was crowned a national climbing champion after her parents spent a small fortune converting their house

Lucy Garlick began climbing with her mum Natalie, 38, just three years ago and has already gone on to become a prize-winning ‘Spider-girl’.

Proud parents Natalie and Paul initially built a climbing wall up the staircase, after little Lucy began driving them mad by clambering over everything in the home she could.

The youngster can even climb her way from the front door of their home to the bathroom without touching the floor.

Lucy Garlick pictured on the climbing wall her parents built in their house. See National News story NNCLIMB; A nine-year-old was crowned a national climbing champion after her parents spent a small fortune converting their house - into a giant climbing frame. Lucy Garlick began climbing with her mum Natalie, 38, just three years ago and has already gone on to become a prize-winning 'Spider-girl'. Proud parents Natalie and Paul initially built a climbing wall up the staircase, after little Lucy began driving them mad by clambering over everything in the home she could. The youngster can even climb her way from the front door of their home to the bathroom without touching the floor.

Lucy Garlick pictured on the climbing wall her parents built in their house.

But after a while, the parents realised they needed to make more room for ‘Spider-girl’ Lucy to climb, so they converted their loft into a state-of-the art climbing wall – with moveable hand holds.

Mum-of-two Natalie said: “I started climbing three years ago and brought Lucy along with me.

“Ever since she’s completely taken me over.

“The coaches said she could be potentially amazing but you never quite believe it.

“But I am so proud of her, it is pretty awesome she’s just become the national champion.”

Lucy won the under-10s category in the youth climbing series at the British Mountaineering Club in Edinburgh on April 23.

Lucy Garlick pictured on the climbing wall her parents built in their house. See National News story NNCLIMB; A nine-year-old was crowned a national climbing champion after her parents spent a small fortune converting their house - into a giant climbing frame. Lucy Garlick began climbing with her mum Natalie, 38, just three years ago and has already gone on to become a prize-winning 'Spider-girl'. Proud parents Natalie and Paul initially built a climbing wall up the staircase, after little Lucy began driving them mad by clambering over everything in the home she could. The youngster can even climb her way from the front door of their home to the bathroom without touching the floor.

Lucy Garlick began climbing with her mum Natalie, 38, just three years ago and has already gone on to become a prize-winning ‘Spider-girl’.

Lucy said: “I got to climb with really good climbers there, and I was really excited when I won.

“When I was younger my auntie said, ‘Why don’t we go rock climbing?’ to my mum, and we went.

“The best thing about climbing is that I love it.

“It doesn’t matter if it is a chair, a table, my loft, a wall, a door frame – I just want to climb.”

Natalie said that she climbs everything in their home in Carshalton, south west London, and has even broken the bannister trying to manoeuvre across it.

She said: “I’m never really mad, I’m normally quite proud. It’s pretty impressive.”

But the mum realised that they needed to give Lucy her own space to climb, so created a climbing wall up the stairs.

When it got too easy, the family transformed the loft into a climbing room.

Lucy Garlick pictured on the climbing wall her parents built in their house. See National News story NNCLIMB; A nine-year-old was crowned a national climbing champion after her parents spent a small fortune converting their house - into a giant climbing frame. Lucy Garlick began climbing with her mum Natalie, 38, just three years ago and has already gone on to become a prize-winning 'Spider-girl'. Proud parents Natalie and Paul initially built a climbing wall up the staircase, after little Lucy began driving them mad by clambering over everything in the home she could. The youngster can even climb her way from the front door of their home to the bathroom without touching the floor.

The youngster can even climb her way from the front door of their home to the bathroom without touching the floor.

Natalie said: “We have spent a small fortune transforming the house. It’s a nice little weekend project.”

Oddly, Lucy’s brother Jack, 11, could think of nothing worse than climbing.

Natalie said: “Jack has no interest in it at all – he’s scared of heights.”

Lucy will carry on entering competitions.

Natalie added: “Lucy worked really hard this year, and the outcome was fantastic.”

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