Burke playing under Taiwanese name Hsi-le Bao in SEABL this year

Ballarat Rush centre Joy Burke will play under her Taiwanese name Hsi-le Bao this year to meet new South East Australian Basketball League regulations.

Hsi-le Bao - familiar face for Rush, but a new name for former Joy Burke

Hsi-le Bao - familiar face for Rush, but a new name for former Joy Burke

SEABL has a new by-law for Asian-born athletes to be classified as unrestricted.

Basketball Ballarat senior elite teams administrator Melissa Thomas said being born in Taiwan and having played with the Chinese Taipei national team, Burkes was required to complete visa applications using her Taiwanese passport.

She said the application was approved on the condition she used the single identity of Hsi-le Bao. 

“While on all formal documentation, including score sheets and working documents, she will be referred to as Hsi-le Bao, she will continue to respond to Joy Burke.”