Rush co-captain to represent Chinese Taipei

WORLD STAGE: Ballarat centre Joy Burke, who is in her second season with Rush, with is excited to be again represented her country.

WORLD STAGE: Ballarat centre Joy Burke, who is in her second season with Rush, with is excited to be again represented her country.

Ballarat Rush co-captain Joy Burke will represent Chinese Taipei in the Asia Cup in India later this month. 

She is hoping to help her national team qualify for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in Spain. 

Burke will fly to Taiwan on Sunday night – just hours after lining up for Rush against Dandenong at the Minerdome – to attend a five-day training camp.

“It’s going to be busy, but I am looking forward to joining the team,” Burke said.

The call-up means Burke will miss four games with Skoda Rush over two weekends in the South East Australian Basketball League SEABL.

“We still have a chance of making finals so missing four games is going to be hard, but I have faith in the girls and I hope when I come back we are preparing for the play-offs”.

Basketball Ballarat chief executive officer Peter Eddy said everyone was really excited for Burke to be getting an opportunity to play for her country.

“We see how hard she works and how deserving she is of this opportunity.

“She is another example of the pathway that Ballarat provides for players to achieve their basketball dreams,” he said. 

Chinese Taipei opens its Asia Cup campaign against North Korea on Sunday, July 23.

It then plays China and New Zealand to round its pool games with the hope of qualifying for the finals.