Dragon Boat Report Rows to Gracie Awards Glory

The only winner from outside North America set to be honored tonight in Beverly Hills at the 2011 Gracie Awards hosted by actress Patricia Heaton is an Irish RTE radio documentary, “In the Same Boat.”

Producer Nicoline Greer is in town to accept, along with Fiona Tiernan (pictured), founder of Irish breast cancer dragon boat team the Plurabelle Paddlers. The documentary was first broadcast last fall and tells the compelling story of how Tiernan, a fortysomething Dublin cancer battler, jumped into the sport with no previous experience.

Before Tiernan came along, dragon boating was a non-existent sport in Ireland. But within six months, she was able to cobble together a pair of 40-foot long vessels (“Anna”, “Livia”) and a combined crew of 40 women.

“In the Same Boat” is a winner in the Outstanding Interview Feature or Program category. Honorees closer to home include KTLA (Outstanding Series, “The Baby Plan”), KNX NEWSRADIO 1070 (Outstanding Breaking News Coverage, “LA Protests SB 1070”), and Chelsea Lately (Outstanding Talk Show Entertainment-Information).

Tonight’s 36th annual Gracie Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton will air August 8th on the Hallmark Channel.