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Downey new chief of Lawn Tennis Association

by Daniel Johnson, The Telegraph | September 30, 2013

Mike Downey
Mike Downey, HBA'80, steps down from Tennis Canada to head up the Lawn Tennis Association in the UK. Photo by: Colin McConnell/Toronto Star

Mike Downey, HBA'80, is appointed new chief of Lawn Tennis Association, but who is he: factfile and profile?

Mike Downey, the 56-year-old new chief of the Lawn Tennis Association, was head of Tennis Canada for nine years and is also known to be an animal lover.

Downey, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2007, also has a long background in sports marketing and entertainment. He worked for Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, who own the Toronto Maple Leafs ice hockey team and the Raptors, Toronto’s basketball team.

The father of two reportedly owns a lizard, a dog, a parakeet and a gecko. Clearly an animal lover, Downey approached the Toronto Humane Society – a group which works to prevent cruelty to animals – asking for a position.

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