|Representing Great Britain|
|1936 Berlin||4×100 metre relay|
|Representing South Africa|
|1938 Sydney||80 m hurdles|
She was born in Norwood, Greater London.
Burke competed for Great Britain in the 1936 Summer Olympics held in Berlin, Germany where she won the silver medal in the 4×100 metres with her team mates Eileen Hiscock, Violet Olney and Audrey Brown.
At the British Empire Games she competed for South Africa. In 1934 she was a member of the South African relay team which finished fourth in the 110-220-110 yards contest. In the 100 yards competition as well as in the 220 yards event she was eliminated in the heats. Four years later Burke won the 80 metres hurdles contest at the 1938 Games. In the 100 yards sprint she finished fourth and the 220 yards event she finished fifth.
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