Matt Golinski's surprise encounter a dream for Tania

IT IS a good thing Tania Sherley likes surprises.

Because her next one was tapping her on the shoulder.

The Nambour woman, who is on a lifelong mission to tick off her ever-growing bucket list, met Matt Golinski yesterday.

The Daily first shared Ms Sherley's story last month and, with the help of Mr Golinski, we made one of her dreams come true.

Ms Sherley was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus, a congenital disorder.

After spending 17 years in a chair, and feeling lost and depressed, something clicked and she decided she was going to fulfil her dreams no matter what.

Not shying away from the world, the 44-year-old began writing her Chasing My Dreams bucket list in 2011 and has already checked off half of the 200 items on the to-do list.

Nambour woman Tania Sherley meets Matt Golinksi.
Nambour woman Tania Sherley meets Matt Golinksi.

Ms Sherley is not only doing the list for herself, but for everyone with a disability who doubts goals can be achieved.

Mr Golinski was one of a group of special people she longed to meet. Now she can tick that off the list.

The celebrity chef met Ms Sherley and The Daily at Cosy Creek Cafe at Burnside, bringing out her chai latte and surprising her with a big grin.

"Keep thinking of that moment when I met him and honestly thought he was the waiter," Ms Sherley said.

"I had no idea this was going to happen."

Ms Sherley said she admired Mr Golinski's passion for life and positive attitude.

"I remember seeing him at a 'day for disabilities' event where he was doing the cook-offs and from that day on I wanted to meet Matt," she said. "And now it's all happened."

Ms Sherley is currently in training for the Sunshine Coast Marathon in August, where she will attempt to walk 2km.

It is like a marathon for Ms Sherley, who has difficulty walking any further than 200m at one time.

With just weeks until the marathon, she is getting nervous about her training and building up her strength.

But Mr Golinski, who made crowds smile at the marathon in 2012 when he ran the 10km event just eight months after the 2011 Boxing Day blaze at his Tewantin home, gave her some reassuring advice.

"If I can get there and am doing the half marathon, I'll come join you on your walk so you cross that finish line," Mr Golinski said.

"You can do it," he told her.

Mind games keep running through Ms Sherley's head as she works towards the marathon, something Ms Golinski can relate to.

"I've always struggled in my life with my disabilities because my mind is charging ahead, but, if I push my body too much, I get's a mind game," Ms Sherley said.

"I know that feeling," Mr Golinski added.

Next on Ms Sherley's list is swimming with humpback whales. There's no stopping her.

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