1973 Sylvia Burka was in Assen junior world champion in speed skating mini four-way battle. In the all-around world championships 1979 in Gjøvik, she won the world title and the following year in Alkmaar in the sprint. In addition, she won two bronze medals at the World Championships. Twice she set world records and numerous times track records. Thrice started Sylvia Burka in speed skating at the Winter Olympics. 1972, 1976 and 1980 your best finish was a fourth place over 1000 meters at the Games in 1976 in Innsbruck.
Burka was also successful as a cyclist: Three times she was Canadian Champion in the road race, 1977, 1978 and 1980; 1979 in the time trial. In 1978 and 1979 she was on the run in each Canadian champion in the time trial and sprint. Overall, she won twelve national titles in different cycling disciplines.
1977 Sylvia Burka was honored with a seat in Canada 's Sports Hall of Fame. In 1983, she was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. Six times she was "Sportswoman of the Year" and in 2000 voted " Athlete of the Century" of Manitoba.
Until the mid- 1980s, Sylvia Burka was married to the cyclist Jocelyn Lovell.