Local delegate's kickboxing daughter fights to save young African girls

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RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- "Bringing people together, I think a good leader brings people together," said Delegate John McGuire.

The former Navy Seal, who represents parts of Louisa County and runs his Seal Team Physical Training company, wants to do so this session of the Virginia General Assembly.

But his daughter Ariel McGuire isn't following in her father's footsteps. She's carving out a place for herself in the hard-hitting world of kickboxing, where there is no compromise, only victory.

"My last fight the girl and I were just banging it out from start till finish," she said. "We won the fight of the night, it was the toughest fight I have had so far. We hugged right at the end, but I was not afraid to knock her out."

But Ariel's other passion has nothing to with fighting. It's about saving lives.

She's trying to save young African girls by starting a nonprofit in Ghana, Mothers Heritage international, to save young girls from being bought for slave labor by fishermen on the worlds largest manmade lake, Lake Volta.

"So we will do medical missions on the lake to establish good relationships with the chiefs, with the local people," Ariel said. "So we can also gain information on where these girls are and rescue them and have a home for them, it's heartbreaking."

So what drives this young woman to put on the gloves and pound it out in the ring?

"It challenges me to be the very best I can be," she said.

But her heart is also big enough to give other girls a better life halfway around the world.

"She's full of fire," said John.

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