'(She's) an inspiration to us all,' Mayor Drew Jessop said. Shepard said staying fit is a lifestyle choice age can't rob her of.
'I'm always on the go, I don't like sitting around,' she said.Ms Shepherd said she allows herself just one day off from classes at the gym, Thursdays and she even spends the off day ballroom dancing. She says she likes the social aspect of the gym classes as much as the health benefits.
'Well I like hugging the men, oh I'm a naughty girl,' she said. Ms Shepherd's fitness repertoire includes aqua aerobics classes, tai chi, ballroom dancing and one of her favourites, the fast-paced Zumba. 'I like Zumba, oh yeah that's good,' she said.The 94-year-old said she did not see age as a barrier and had no intention of hanging up her running shoes any time soon.